The following text was contributed by the Government of the United Kingdom and was updated in May 2016. 

“The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has made significant progress to ensure that citizens are better connected to their governments, with greater access to data, and more opportunities to participate in the development and implementation of policies. The OGP is helping to redefine the relationship between the citizen and the state. The UK will continue to be at the forefront of Open Government. In an increasingly digital world, people want to see what their governments are doing and why. It is our job to meet this expectation head on. To do so we will continue to develop and use new technology and approaches.”

--The Rt Hon Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General


The UK’s third  Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 (NAP), published during the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016, builds on the first and second plans, published in September 2011 and September 2013.  It sets out 13 commitments in line with the OGP values of access to information, civic participation, public accountability, and technology and innovation. Our third 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 700 members.

Commitments in the third UK NAP include:

  • The UK becoming the first G7 country to commit to the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) for contracts administered by a central purchasing authority, the Crown Commercial Service. This means that the whole process of awarding public sector contracts - from the bidding right through to the building - will be visible to the public for the first time by October 2016. Application of the standard will be piloted by High Speed Two, the UK’s new north-south high speed rail line.

  • Leading the world in creating an open register of beneficial ownership so everyone can see who owns what in Britain.

  • Creating a new Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub with Mexico, France, Ghana, Georgia, Switzerland, Afghanistan, UAE, Indonesia, Norway. The Hub will connect social innovators, technology experts, and data scientists with law enforcement and civil society to share best practice and innovative techniques in tackling corruption.


We are committed to open government, not just every two years when we publish a new NAP, but as business-as-usual. We expect to add new commitments over the next two years as well as update commitments we have already made to add detail and drive delivery.

More information about our new commitments are available via the links below:

  1. Beneficial ownership

  2. Natural resource transparency

  3. Anti-Corruption Strategy

  4. Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub

  5. Open contracting

  6. Grants data

  7. Elections data

  8. Enhanced transparency requirements and revised Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

  9. Identifying and publishing core data assets

  10. Involving data users in shaping the future of open data

  11. Better use of data assets

  12. GOV.UK

  13. Ongoing collaborative approach to open government reform


Header image courtesy of Hamad Aziz via Flickr.