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Open government

UK policies on openness, transparency and public accountability.

The UK’s fifth National Action Plan for Open Government 2021-2023 (NAP5) was published on 31 January 2022. It sets out 6 commitments in line with the Open Government Partnership values of transparency and openness, civic participation and public accountability, as set out below.

  1. Open Contracting
  2. Open Justice
  3. Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability
  4. Health
  5. Anti-Corruption and International Illicit Finance
  6. Local Transparency

The plan builds on previous plans published in September 2011, September 2013, May 2016 and May 2019. The plan was developed in dialogue with the UK Open Government Network (OGN), a coalition of civil society and active citizens committed to promoting greater transparency, civic participation and accountability in public policy and service delivery. Presently, the OGN has more than 400 members.

This occurred under unique circumstances, owing to the necessary implications of COVID-safe working practices. The nature of engagement between government and civil society has therefore taken place exclusively via online platforms including video conferences, live documents, and regularly posted summary updates. This has enabled the involvement of a greater number of stakeholders from across the country, enriching the discussions and allowing greater attendance to commitment workshops for interested parties.

This government is committed to Open Government, not just every 2 years when we publish a new NAP, but as business as usual. That is why engagement will continue into 2022, ensuring that the plan remains iterative and further strengthening the relationship between government and civil society. We can also include more granular detail to existing commitment areas following SR outcomes, and explore new commitment areas, including around Aid Transparency, Freedom of Information, Extractives and Public Standards.

UK National Action Plan for Open Government 2021-2023 (current)

Our fifth NAP was published in January 2022. This plan set out commitments to open government in the UK and the ambitions of the UK government for the next 2 years.

The commitments build on themes from previous plans. They reflect priority areas identified through the co-creation process with civil society and active citizens, using the Open Government Network as the primary engagement mechanism. While there is always room for improvement, we achieved markedly higher levels of collaboration than previous years, with working groups, online collaboration tools, and summarised accounts of discussions made openly available for all action topics.

The commitments were developed under particularly challenging circumstances, with COVID-19 related disruptions and resource constraints. This affected the speed at which commitments could be developed, and meant that topics such as Aid Transparency, Freedom of Information, Extractives and Public Standards could not be developed in full. These will therefore be explored in greater detail as engagement continues in 2022, with further commitments and details to be added to existing ones.

An updated version of the plan will be published shortly to include specific commitments from each of the devolved administrations: the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government. It will also include further detail on existing commitments following Spending Review outcomes, and any new commitments developed as engagement continues into 2022.

UK National Action Plan for Open Government 2019-2021

The fourth UK Open Government National Action Plan was published in May 2019. This plan set out commitments to open government in the UK and the ambitions of the UK Government for the next two years.

This updated version of the fourth Open Government National Action Plan includes new commitments from each of the devolved administrations: the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

This plan has been co-created with members of civil society and active citizens, coordinated through our open government networks. We are committed to continue to work with civil society to both implement and develop commitments in future.

Open Government National Action Plan 2016 to 2018

The third UK Open Government National Action Plan was published in May 2016. This plan set out commitments to open government in the UK and the ambitions of the UK Government for the next two years.

This updated version of the third Open Government National Action Plan includes new commitments from each of the devolved administrations: the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

This plan has been co-created with members of civil society and active citizens, coordinated through our open government networks. We are committed to continue to work with civil society to both implement and develop commitments in future.

Open Government Partnership: UK National Action Plan 2013

Our second NAP, published at the OGP Summit in London in October 2013, and progress against delivery

UK chairmanship of OGP (2012 to 2013)

From September 2012 to October 2013, we were the lead co-chair of the OGP, culminating in the OGP summit in London in October 2013.

OGP UK 2011 National Action Plan

Our first NAP was published at the launch of the OGP in September 2011. Our self assessment report provides an honest account of the UK’s performance up to April 2013.

Published 31 May 2016
Last updated 31 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Published the UK’s fifth National Action Plan for Open Government 2021-2023.

  2. Added 6th Open OPG Summit in Ottawa, DCMS-run sessions.

  3. Added information and links to UK National Action Plan for Open Government 2019-2021

  4. Updated to invite involvement in the UK's fourth Open Government National Action Plan (2018-2020).

  5. First published.