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UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 launched!

12th May 2016 – News

The UK’s 2016-18 Open Government National Action Plan, the result of collaboration between the Open Government Network and government, has been launched at today’s Anti-Corruption Summit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-open-government-national-action-plan-2016-18/uk-open-government-national-action-plan-2016-18 The plan will be a rolling action plan, with existing commitments extended and new commitments added over the course of the next two years. Summary of commitments Commitment number…

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NI Open Government Network letter to NI Party leaders – 10th May 2016

10th May 2016 – News

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OGN meeting with Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office | 21 April 2016

9th May 2016 – Meeting notes, News

Thursday, 21 April, 4:00pm – 4:45pm Attendees Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (Chair) Paul Maltby, Director of Data at Government Digital Service Thom Townsend, Government Digital Service Oliver Buckley, Deputy Director, Policy and International, Government Digital Service Jeremy Foster, Policy Officer, Government Digital Service Andy Williamson, Democratise Colm Burns,…

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#ogpuk: Newcastle workshop notes

6th May 2016 – Meeting notes, News

Date: Thursday, 13 April 2016 from 15:00 to 17:30 Venue: Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ Introduction On 13 April 2016, the UK Open Government Network hosted a workshop in Newcastle to discuss progress on the 2016-18 National Action Plan and ideas for future commitments. Open contracting Tim explained that the OGN…

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#ogpuk: Notes from Birmingham workshop

29th April 2016 – Meeting notes, News

Date: Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 15:00 to 17:30 Venue: Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR Introduction On 7 April 2016, the UK Open Government Network and Cabinet Office co-hosted a workshop in Birmingham to discuss progress on the 2016-18 National Action Plan and ideas for future commitments. Freedom of Information Interest in whether the…

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What impact would Land Registry privatisation have on transparency? Help write the OGN’s consultation response

26th April 2016 – News

UPDATE: The deadline for contributing to drafting/editing the submission has been extended to 20 May.  Get involved here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A-3ckBTAAIWSwgpSTSD3IaPVWniLoeSd_eNJgrXgDc4/edit?usp=sharing  Introduction The government launched a consultation just before Easter on plans to privatise the Land Registry.  While the consultation document is at pains to stress that the register itself will remain in public ownership, there is significant concern…

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Open Government in Scotland: Meeting Notes

25th April 2016 – Meeting notes, News

On the 20th April 2016 21 people from Scottish civil society groups and government met in Edinburgh to discuss the draft Scottish commitments for the National Action Plan and look at how we could expand and strengthen the Scottish Network. Lucy McTernan (Deputy Chief Executive SCVO), Tim Hughes (UK Open Government Civil Society Network Co-ordinator…

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OGP Global Summit 2016 announced

20th April 2016 – News

The OGP Global Summit 2016 has been officially announced and a Call for Proposals to help form the agenda launched: https://en.ogpsummit.org/osem/conference/ogp-summit The OGP Global Summit 2016 will take place in Paris, France on December 7, 8 and 9. The agenda for the Global Summit will be based on an open call for proposals from the entire open…

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Chancellor responds to OGN proposals on tax transparency

19th April 2016 – News

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has responded to the Open Government Network’s letter proposing three commitments on tax transparency for inclusion in the UK’s 2016-18 Open Government Partnership National Action Plan: Proposal for HM Treasury commitments to be included in the UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan Thank you for your letter of 30 March, setting out three proposals…

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Open Contracting: promoting transparency in public procurement

18th April 2016 – News

From stationary supplies to major infrastructure projects like roads, schools and hospitals governments across the world are increasingly looking to the private sector to supply goods and services to their citizens. With the global value of this sort of outsourced procurement by the public sector now exceeding US$9.5 trillion each year (15% of global GDP)[i]…

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