We will ensure the Budget process is open and transparent and there is an accountable process for public participation.

Objective: To promote public discussion/debate and participation through accessibility of the budget and include relevant groups outside of government in the formative phase of the Budget, ensuring they are informed about the process and issues.

 

Status quo: The Budget can be perceived as a closed process between agencies and the Government and information is not regarded as accessible. The Government has begun work to ensure that Budgets become focused on outcomes for citizens rather than funding for agencies.

 

Ambition: Making the Budget more accessible will promote discussion and debate. It will help ensure that central government spending is open and transparent. It will enhance public participation and confidence in the Budget process.

 

Lead agency: The Treasury

 

Timeline: October 2016 – May 2018

 

OGP values: Access to information, civic participation, public accountability, technology and information.

 

New or ongoing commitment: New

 

Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the commitment:

  • Ask key stakeholder groups how the Budget could be made more accessible
    Start date: January 2017 End date: May 2017

 

  • Invite feedback on the previous Budget – this means making it available in forms people can engage with, which could include machine readable data, plain English published material and visual presentations
    Start date: January 2017 End date: May 2018

 

  • Provide Budget data in machine readable form – this could include open source formats
    Start date: May 2017       End date: May 2018

  

  • Work with agencies that have expertise in presenting Budget data in ways that make it easy to understand
    Start date: May 2017       End date: May 2018

 

 

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