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Driving change through civil society action: Q&A with Rakesh Rajani

Driving change through civil society action: Q&A with Rakesh Rajani | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"I tend to be sceptical about what large conferences can achieve and generally don't enjoy them much. But OGP13 in London was a terrific exception. By being a moment to bring together so many of the worlds sharpest and most committed people, working on open in one place, it raised the bar on quality, creativity and honesty. It compelled some governments to go a step further, such as UK prime minister David Cameron's commitment to make registries of beneficial ownership publicand President Kikwete's pledge to have a progressive freedom of information law in Tanzania."

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Commitment on public data / UK News / News / Home - CAFOD

We welcome David Cameron’s commitment today at the Open Government Partnership Summit that the UK government will make data public on who ultimately controls and benefits from companies.
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Government backtracks on key open data and FOI commitments

The UK has withdrawn some of its key open data and freedom of information (FOI) commitments in its latest national plan, which aims to boost transparency, participation, and accountability in the public sector.
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OnMedica - News - GP data will be linked to hospitals by next summer

OnMedica - News - GP data will be linked to hospitals by next summer | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"NHS England unveiled several new measures aimed at increased public participation as part of its ongoing pledge to openness and transparency.

The details were presented as part of the UK’s national action plan at the Open Government Partnership’s annual summit being held in London today."

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Unhelpful conflation of linked data and transparency in this one.

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Tax evasion: Britain alone can't combat the phantom companies

Tax evasion: Britain alone can't combat the phantom companies | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"David Cameron spoke out strongly against phantom companies when he hosted the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in the summer. He received plaudits when he expressed support for the idea of public registers of beneficial ownership, which would mean the public would have the right to know who owns what, not just in the UK but also in Britain's its overseas territories. It would be a big step forward in the fight against corruption and tax evasion. He will live up to his promise to deliver a welcome blow in the battle against tax evasion and corporate secrecy by declaring that the UK's proposed register of company beneficial ownership – revealing who really owns UK firms – will be a public register, available for all to scrutinise at Companies House."

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Cameron's business ownership register could spread transparency worldwide

Cameron's business ownership register could spread transparency worldwide | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"David Cameron's plans to set up a public register disclosing the true owners of businesses in order to crack down on tax evasion could have a ripple effect around the world, according to an Indian anti-corruption group leader."

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Tax Justice Network: Welcoming the UK's decision on corporate transparency

"TJN welcomes the moves on corporate transparency announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on corporate transparency, to be announced today."

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Cameron’s public register of the beneficial ownership of companies will be a damp squib of a reform

David Cameron is announcing today that the UK is to have a public register on the beneficial ownership of companies. That's the good news.
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UK pledges to fast-track EU extractive transparency law

UK pledges to fast-track EU extractive transparency law | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"The British government committed on Thursday to implement by 2015 a European law that will make UK-listed and UK-registered oil, gas, mining and logging firms declare the payments that they make to governments worldwide."

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Quick links: a personal Open Government Partnership round-up | Tim's Blog

"The UK Government published it’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.I’ve been involved in the civil society engagement process with the plan that Simon discusses here. Whilst in the end I did felt there were weaknesses in the engagement processes around the NAP, and there were some significant missing commitments (particularly around FOI) that meant I could not sign-up as a supporter of the final plan, it did include a commitment to releasing publicly information on the beneficial ownership of companies – a commitment that was very much a product of CSO engagement and campaigning.The plan also includes a reference to the Open Data Engagement principles that I co-drafted a few years back."

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Open mind: how participation can open government

Open mind: how participation can open government | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it
If people know where government revenues go they can see the good that their government is doing, or see the bad use of resources and question it
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Plans to lift 'cloak of secrecy' off 'shell company' owners

Plans to lift 'cloak of secrecy' off 'shell company' owners | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it
All British-registered firms will soon have to reveal their true ownership to prevent criminals from using shadowy “shell companies” as a front for terrorist funding, money-laundering or tax evasion, David Cameron will announce today.
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David Cameron to publish list of UK company owners - Telegraph

David Cameron to publish list of UK company owners  - Telegraph | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it
The ultimate ownership of all British companies will be listed on a register that will be publicly available, under plans to crackdown on tax evasion to be announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday.
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allAfrica.com: Africa: UK Lead On Oil and Mining Transparency Law Sends Strong Signal to U.S.

allAfrica.com: Africa: UK Lead On Oil and Mining Transparency Law Sends Strong Signal to U.S. | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"Global Witness welcomes today's announcement by the UK Government that it will pass legislation in 2014 to ensure UK oil, gas, mining and logging companies publish details of their revenue payments to governments, such as taxes, royalties and licence fees, right down to the project-level."

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British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data

"Today, at the Open Government Partnership meeting in London, David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, has announced that the UK government is going to make the new register of company beneficial owner public. This is great news, because it shows the very top of the UK government understands whatOpenCorporates has been saying for some time: that public open data on companies is not just about tackling corruption, money laundering and organised crime, but also about creating a straightforward, clear environment for business."

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Our take on the OGP Summit | Publish What You Fund

"I got a sense that the transparency and accountability community is starting to understand the practical gains to be won from linking up data and initiatives. For example, David Cameron’s announcement that a UK registry of corporate beneficial ownership will be made public is genuinely ground-breaking. But it will be doubly exciting when that company data is linked to information from open contracting. That will massively reduce the opportunities for corruption and increase cross-jurisdictional analysis of contractor effectiveness and accountability."

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Publication of the UK’s second Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Open Government Partnership UK

Publication of the UK’s second Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Open Government Partnership UK | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"We welcome the progress made by the government in this National Action Plan on a number of important open government issues. Areas where we especially endorse the government’s commitments include beneficial ownership, transparency of aid flows and the global extractive (oil, gas and mining) industries. We had hoped to reach stronger and more ambitious commitments in several areas, and there are some issues, such as freedom of information and lobbying transparency, on which many of us disagree with the government and urge it to reconsider its current position."

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OGP Session: Tax Transparency | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative

OGP Session: Tax Transparency | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

“It’s fantastic that the UK has made this commitment to publish the registries of beneficial ownership,” Herringshaw said, “but the non-inclusion of trusts in this data is a huge gap, since they own the companies in many cases.”

Panelist Alex Cobham of the Center for Global Development also expressed measured enthusiasm for the UK disclosure plan. In an October 31 blog post, Cobham wrote  ”there has – as yet – been no matching announcement that the UK’s generally less transparent jurisdictions (the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories) will be first to join the journey.”

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David Cameron announces historic move to crack down on UK phantom firms

David Cameron announces historic move to crack down on UK phantom firms | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it

"Today I had the privilege of being in the audience at the Open Government Partnership summit when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said that the UK will make information about who owns and controls companies available to the public. I couldn’t believe it. In the fight against phantom firms it’s a huge win. There’s more work to be done, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the huge importance of this announcement. This is the result of your action, and the great work that many organisations are doing to fight phantom firms."

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Open Ownership: UK Leads | Center For Global Development

"This morning at the Open Government Partnership summit in London, David Cameron announced the result of the UK’s consultation on the beneficial ownership of companies: the information will not only be collected but be put online, for free, in a public register.

“Beneficial ownership” is a term of art for who really owns a company. Hiding this information makes possible all sorts of undesirable things. Revealing it is a global public good: knowing who owns a company is the key to international agreements on information exchange and administrative assistance for fair tax collection, anti-money laundering and a range of other anti-corruption mechanisms. It’s especially important for developing countries trying to prevent or uncover grand corruption. But it’s valuable, too, for US law enforcement agencies facing anonymously owned companies in Delaware or Nevada. The UK decision means one less major jurisdiction that can be used for anonymous company activity that gives rise to corruption, tax abuse and other criminality, in developing countries and elsewhere."

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UK takes lead on ending company secrecy at Open Government Partnership Summit | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

"Currently true company ownership is secret and shell companies are often used to mask the identities of people engaged in a wide variety of illegal activities – from organised crime to corruption, tax evasion to terrorist financing.

The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to see the UK taking international leadership on this issue, and we hope the UK’s historic step will encourage other countries to follow suit.

Furthermore we hope that the UK will not only make beneficial ownership information public, but open and machine readable in accordance with the Open Data Charter launched at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland earlier this year."

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UK lead on oil and mining transparency law sends strong signal to U.S. | Global Witness

"Global Witness welcomes today’s announcement by the UK Government that it will pass legislation in 2014 to ensure UK oil, gas, mining and logging companies publish details of their revenue payments to governments, such as taxes, royalties and licence fees, right down to the project-level."

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The start of a 'transparency revolution'?

The start of a 'transparency revolution'? | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it
The UK government launches its Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan, outlining how it plans to push forward the transparency agenda
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Immediate reflections on the UK National Action Plan for Open Government | Involve

"I believe that the relationships and trust that has developed provide a solid basis for CSOs to work with the government to develop even more ambitious commitments in the future, while at the same time holding it to account for the implementation of the commitments in this plan."

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Secret company owners to be unmasked

Secret company owners to be unmasked | UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan | Scoop.it
A list of "shell" companies where firms keep money offshore to avoid tax will be published to discourage tax evasion, David Cameron announces.
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