Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"We want to be the most open and transparent government in the world"
We've heard quite a few ambitious claims like this, but this time the message is from the UK Government as 10 Downing St launched its Transparency website yesterday. The site includes search facilities to access agency business plans that cover the next four years including data such as financial information, Structural Reform Plans and departmental priorities; find details of who ministers and ministerial advisers are meeting, and hospitality, gifts and overseas travel; who does what in Whitehall and what they're paid; and performance information on efficiency and effectiveness of policies and programs. More is promised. The PM, Deputy PM and head of the civil service all showed up for the launch. Any Australian government in the running?