News and blog

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

19th February 2019 – Points of View

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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The effects of increased transparency, participation and accountability in stop and search

19th February 2019 – Points of View

This case study was written by Criminal Justice Alliance as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. Making information more accessible and open to public scrutiny is a crucial driver for increased transparency, participation and accountability. This is especially true for information that relates to issues that concern…

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User Voice’s Prison Council model

19th February 2019 – Points of View

This case study was written by User Voice as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. Back in 2008, when User Voice was founded, the idea of a charity led by ex-offenders working within 30 prisons and with probation in two-thirds of the country would have been dismissed…

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[Press Release] Brexit delays: Government challenged by civil society groups after ministers miss deadline to outline transparency commitments

12th February 2019 – News

Press release under embargo until 00:01 Tuesday 12th February 2019 The letter is available here (pdf). Andreas Pavlou is available for comment on 07943669435 or 020 3745 4334   Leading civil society organisations working in open government (1) have written to the UK government outlining their ‘deep concern’, after ministers missed the deadline for publishing…

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Results from the 2019 OGN Steering Committee Election

6th February 2019 – News

The results are in! We received 27 completed ballot papers. Following the count, the results of the 2019 election for Steering Committee members is as follows (in order of points): MICHELLE BROOK – 187pts (reselected) GAVIN FREEGUARD – 165pts (reselected) ELIZABETH CHAMBERLAIN – 158pts RUCHIR SHAH – 126pts KEVIN KEITH – 114pts ALEXANDER ROBERTS –…

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Welsh Government publish their self assessment of the third national action plan

25th January 2019 – News

As part of their commitment to open government, all participating governments have to publish an assessment of how they’ve performed at the end of each term. The Welsh Government have just published their self assessment of how they’ve done on their commitments in the third national action plan, which ran from 2016-2018. The full report…

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VOTE! UK OGN Steering Committee Election 2019

21st January 2019 – News

There are eight candidates applying to join the UK OGN Steering Committee. How to vote: See the OGN Forum Deadline for votes: Monday 4th February 2019 VOTING The vote is open via the UK Open Government Network forum. We now move to the voting period that will last for two weeks, from today until the…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – New Year, New Chance?

14th January 2019 – Points of View

Written by Colm Burns On the 9th January 2017 the Executive and Assembly collapsed. Whilst there are many reasons for the collapse, it doesn’t look like our political representatives will be back any time soon. Before the collapse we had more than a year of deadlock and failed attempts to resolve differences over issues such…

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Welsh self assessment for the third National Action Plan

13th December 2018 – News

*Please note the period for comments has now closed* The third UK Open Government National Action Plan was published in May 2016. In December 2016, commitments from each of the devolved administrations, including Welsh Government were published in an update to the UK plan. As part of the two-year action plan cycle, governments are required…

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UK OGN Steering Committee Election 2019

11th December 2018 – News

Are you an advocate for open government? Do you want to be on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Civil Society Network? Do you think you have what it takes to help drive open government in the UK? Apply now! Deadline for applications: Monday 14 January 2019 Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KGu8DgVjruScpaXMb8iqUeAaqcVP5UVMXNfu9rHW45M/edit?usp=sharing Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/3DkpfRlnKmhlANuY2 In January…

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