A lack of transparency in the two departments at the heart of Brexit suggests the public cannot get hold of information about some of the most important activity in government at the moment, argues Aron Cheung.
The most recent Freedom of Information (FoI) data shows that while government departments are withholding more information, they are receiving more requests and getting better at responding on time. Aron Cheung explores the numbers.
The manifestos show that political parties are starting to understand the value of better data and greater transparency in government – but how the next government uses these tools to deliver all their promises will be the biggest test, argues Gavin Freeguard.
Despite all the general election excitement, departments still need to get on with business as usual – which includes responding to requests for information. Aron Cheung says the latest FoI data shows signs of improvement in departments' response times, but a worrying trend in the percentage of requests that are being withheld.
The 2017 Whitehall Monitor report identifies a worrying backslide in government transparency. Adam Boon says this raises concerns about the Government’s commitment to open data and will make it harder to assess the performance of Whitehall unless this trend is reversed.