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    Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website

    David Cameron has launched a website where departments set out business plans and timetables to achieve them.

    He said it was a "complete revolution in how government operates" and would allow people to check on the progress of policies on a month-by-month basis.
    The PM said the old "target culture" had encouraged short-term thinking.

    But Labour's Liam Byrne warned against "ripping up targets" without an alternative in place to guarantee public service standards.

    The transparency website brings together a range of information - including basic details of ministers' meetings, hospitality, gifts and overseas travel, timetables for implementing policies, staffing structures and salary ranges for top civil servants, some of which was already publicly available but was published separately.

    Other information - like how much individual police forces cost each taxpayer, how many under 18s get pregnant in different areas, what percentage of people released from prison commit another crime across different local authorities and how much it costs to produce and issue a passport - will be published over the course of 2011/2.

    The full story available from here : BBC News - Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website

    About time we had a list of what was going on plus some obvious transparency and accountability about it from government departments! I hope that they add links to each planned action listed on the website though, so we can see more of what's actually happening rather than just the bland action statement there is at present.
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    Re: Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website

    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    David Cameron has launched a website where departments set out business plans and timetables to achieve them.

    He said it was a "complete revolution in how government operates" and would allow people to check on the progress of policies on a month-by-month basis.
    The PM said the old "target culture" had encouraged short-term thinking.

    But Labour's Liam Byrne warned against "ripping up targets" without an alternative in place to guarantee public service standards.

    The transparency website brings together a range of information - including basic details of ministers' meetings, hospitality, gifts and overseas travel, timetables for implementing policies, staffing structures and salary ranges for top civil servants, some of which was already publicly available but was published separately.

    Other information - like how much individual police forces cost each taxpayer, how many under 18s get pregnant in different areas, what percentage of people released from prison commit another crime across different local authorities and how much it costs to produce and issue a passport - will be published over the course of 2011/2.

    The full story available from here : BBC News - Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website

    About time we had a list of what was going on plus some obvious transparency and accountability about it from government departments! I hope that they add links to each planned action listed on the website though, so we can see more of what's actually happening rather than just the bland action statement there is at present.
    I like what I read on these new initiatives.

    Guess it won't be long before the cynics move in!

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    Re: Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website

    It's been said before. I will congratulate them if they actually manage to do it.
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    Re: Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website

    Echo that. If it aids greater transparency I'm all for it. However, I would like to have access to the spendings under 25k as well, and am a bit concerned people (like me) will struggle to understand the data. It's quite overwhelming......

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