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The Windrush Scandal: the case for increasing BME participation in decision-making

20th March 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This commitment idea has been produced by Runnymede Trust. This action was part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out more commitment ideas here. The Windrush Scandal of 2018 shocked the nation. British Subjects who had moved predominantly from the Caribbean to the UK at a young age, were wrongly detained, deported and denied…

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Data Transparency for Social Change

15th March 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This case study was written by Runnymede Trust as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. If we hope to reduce ethnic inequalities then high quality data is essential. The government’s launch of the Race Disparity Audit in 2017 was a positive step, putting a plethora of data…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Where is my Good Friday Agreement?

26th February 2019 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written By Colm Burns I voted for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in May 1998 because I felt it was the right thing to do. I was 20 and not politically active, and hadn’t actually read the Agreement but I did grow up in North Belfast beside Girdwood Army Barracks. I remember the bombs and…

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Open Government- Beyond the Usual Suspects

21st February 2019 – News, Wales

As part of the Open Government Pioneers Project, ERS Cymru have been commissioned to look into the barriers stopping a wider range of people engaging in Open Government. The small project, ‘Beyond the Usual Suspects’, saw us run two focus groups with a range of people considered less likely to engage, including one in a…

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Open Government National Action Plan – What’s missing? A Commitment on Improving Prisoner Rehabilitation

20th February 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This commitment idea has been produced by User Voice. This action was part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out more commitment ideas here. People who make justice policy don’t understand the lived reality of crime, addiction, homelessness, mental health, poverty and all the other related issues. How can they? Yet we expect the…

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Open Government National Action Plan – What’s missing? A Commitment on Children’s Rights

20th February 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This commitment idea has been produced by Project 17. This action was part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out more commitment ideas here. Thousands of destitute families in the UK are unable to access mainstream welfare support due to immigration status (families with ‘no recourse to public funds’ or ‘NRPF’). Section 17 of…

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Open Government National Action Plan – What’s missing? A commitment to Equality Impact Assessments

20th February 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This commitment idea has been produced by Women’s Budget Group. This action was part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out more commitment ideas here. The OGP National Action Plan sees the Government sign up to a new series of commitments that seek to improve the transparency of its decision-making, the participation of citizens…

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Open Government National Action Plan – What’s missing? A commitment to enhance the effectiveness of community scrutiny of stop and search

20th February 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This commitment idea has been produced by the Criminal Justice Alliance. This action was part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out more commitment ideas here. The recent increase in knife crime in urban areas in England and Wales has seen a greater use of stop and search. However, it remains a highly contentious…

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Open Government and Women’s Rights – A Podcast by Women’s Budget Group

19th February 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This case study was written by Women’s Budget Group as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. In Women’s Budget Group’s (WBG) first podcast, they look at how open government can help to promote advance and defend women’s rights. In this podcast, WBG discusses Freedom of Information (a…

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No data, no recourse: How a lack of information limits access to support for vulnerable families

19th February 2019 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This case study was written by Project 17 as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. Project 17 works to end destitution among migrant children. We work with families experiencing exceptional poverty to improve their access to local authority support. Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 enables…

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