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Open government

UK policies on openness, transparency and public accountability.

The UK’s fourth Open Government National Action Plan 2019-21 (NAP), published during the 6th Open Government Partnership Global Summit on 28 May 2019, builds on the previous plans published in September 2011, September 2013, and May 2016.

It sets out 8 commitments in line with the Open Government Partnership values of access to information, civic participation, public accountability, and technology and innovation. Our fourth NAP was developed in dialogue with the UK Open Government Network (OGN), a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government and other powerful institutions work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability. Presently the OGN has more than 400 members.

We are committed to Open Government, not just every two years when we publish a new NAP, but as business as usual. The UK’s fifth National Action Plan for 2021-2023 will launch in 2021. It is being developed in collaboration with the UK’s Open Government Network.

Commitments in the fourth UK NAP include:

  • Enhancing company disclosure regarding payments to governments for the sale of publicly owned oil, gas, and minerals

  • Improving compliance, coverage, and quality of publication to Contracts Finder so that all above threshold public contracts can be tracked from planning to final spending

  • Developing resources to support Open Policy Making for more informed and better designed policies with the human experience in mind

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 8 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 6th Open OPG Summit in Ottawa, DCMS-run sessions.

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

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

  4. First published.