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Another week of Brexit developments: 5 – 11 July 2016

Following on from last week’s comments from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker about when the EU expects the UK to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, comments by British officials in the last week have shed further light on the road to Brexit ahead. What are the UK’s “constitutional requirements” for

Open Government National Action Plan aims to increase transparency in government over the course of 2016-2018

Following a Conservative manifesto commitment in 2015 to increase transparency in government, the Cabinet Office has published the UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-2018. This is the third National Action Plan (“NAP“) since the United Kingdom co-founded the Open Government Partnership in 2011, which now includes 69 countries. The new NAP makes 13 commitments

Cabinet Office Announces Commission to Review Freedom of Information Legislation

The Cabinet Office has recently announced that a cross-party commission is to look into the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) in light of apparent concerns that sensitive information is not being sufficiently protected. FOIA was introduced under the last Labour Government, coming fully into force on 1 January 2005, and allows a private citizen

Cabinet Office publishes consultation on draft regulations on the statutory register of lobbyists under the Lobbying Act

In a consultation published yesterday, the Cabinet Office is seeking views on draft regulations relating to the statutory register of lobbyists that was introduced by the recently enacted Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the “Lobbying Act“). Although the draft regulations are substantially concerned with the detailed administration of the

Do as we say, not as we do: Cabinet Office fails to avoid transparency again

The Cabinet Office has again failed to justify its attempts to avoid the transparency it so often vociferously promotes. Last week, we reported on the Upper Tribunal’s dismissal of the Cabinet Office’s appeal which effectively sought to avoid the application of the government’s own policy on the reduction of the “30-year rule” to a “20

Government policy on transparency comes back to haunt the Cabinet Office

In February 2010, the then Labour Government announced its intention to reduce the period in which Cabinet Office papers were considered confidential from 30 years to 20 years.  It therefore included an appropriate amendment to the Public Records Act 1958 in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.  This was one of the last policies

Government Publishes New Consultation Principles

In July 2012, the Cabinet Office issued a new set of Consultation Principles (the “Principles”) to replace the July 2008 Code of Practice on Consultation (the “Code”). The Principles are intended to afford public authorities greater scope to exercise their own judgement with regards to whether and how to carry out a consultation. The governing