Open Local Government: How can it be spread?

Ideas from the “Open Local Government: How can it be spread?” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Tim Hughes.

Tim Hughes at #notwestminster
Tim Hughes at #notwestminster – photo NotWestminster (17 of 30) by Anthony Mckeown

Workshop challenge

How can greater transparency, participation and accountability across local government be best achieved? What (if anything) is the role for national government, councillors, officers, national & local civil society, media and others in encouraging its spread? What could / should openness mean for local gov?

The three ideas

Flag created by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project

  1. Separate officers supporting executive & officers supporting scrutiny to enable greater accountability.
  2. Training & support for councillors & officers to support them in changing role for the 21st century.
  3. National conversation about what we expect of local gov & services in the future.

Want to join us in working on one or more of these ideas?
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Open Gov placard



Local democracy for everyone: Open local government – by Tim Hughes

“The discussion ranged across a number of different issues and ideas related to transparency, participation and accountability in local government.



About the workshop host

Tim HughesTim Hughes
Open Government Programme Manager
UK Open Government Civil Society Network coordinator

Tim Hughes is Open Government Programme Manager at Involve, with expertise in public participation and open government. He has advised governments at a local, national and international level on engagement, and has written extensively on topics covering public participation, open government and active citizenship. Tim coordinates the UK Open Government Civil Society Network – a coalition of transparency, participation and accountability reformers in the UK – and is an active member of the Open Government Partnership’s international community.


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