After today’s Steering group meeting, we sent a letter to DCMS about the ongoing delay to publishing the UK Open Government Action Plan. This was sent today.
The Steering Group called for the minister (Margot James MP) to take action to unblock the impasse internally in government that is stopping the plan from being published. We can all agree that it is unacceptable for the UK to go to a second Global Summit without an action plan published.
In preparation for the Global Summit in Ottawa
Furthermore, the Steering Group agreed that it would be good to plan a statement from UK civil society about the situation in the UK, to be published during the Ottawa Summit (on the assumption that we will still not have published the action plan). This will be a process that will be open to the whole network, and we will encourage as many organisations to sign onto this as possible. I will forward a link to the draft statement as soon as possible.
Other things like guidance on messaging around the Summit from civil society will also be shared, to aid your own comms if you are attending the summit.
Happy to answer questions or doubts related to the above.