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Data in Whitehall: Which UK departments are the least and most open?

Charlotte Jee | Aug. 27, 2015
Few are brave or foolish enough to publicly disagree with the idea that public bodies should publish as much of the data they hold as possible.

"The use of purchasing data in government has historically improved services. If you smother data, you smother innovation," he adds.

That means the public can't scrutinise the government properly, civil servants make decisions based on partial data and politicians cannot fully understand the consequences of their policies. With significant cuts expected to be made across public services this autumn, that is quite a scary thought.

 

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