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Parents for Inclusive Education are on a mission — with the help of FOI

23 May 2024 @ 8:20 am

Parents for Inclusive Education NI have used FOI requests to every primary school, to gather information about organisation providing religious information to pupils. The aim? Better informed parents.

Statement on the proposed ICO fine to PSNI

23 May 2024 @ 7:48 am

The ICO have today announced that they intend to fine the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for their accidental release of staff’s personal information in August 2023. This data was released in response to a Freedom of Information request made using WhatDoTheyKnow. mySociety is a charity; we run WhatDoTheyKnow as a vital tool to…

Off by one: How Parliament counts votes is out of date

14 May 2024 @ 1:17 pm

Last night there was a vote to allow MPs to be excluded from Parliament (after a risk assessment) if arrested on suspicion of a serious offence. This vote passed by a single vote. The problem is, looking across several sources of voting information, there’s not a good agreement on what the actual totals were. Ultimately…

Update: some APPGs are back

14 May 2024 @ 9:53 am

WhoFundsThem is our new project looking to uncover the influence of money in politics. You can donate or volunteer to support this project. Last month, we asked “What happened to all the APPGs?” because between March and April over a third of All Party Parliamentary Groups were deregistered, from 722 down to just 445. This…

TICTeC schedule now online!

13 May 2024 @ 12:26 pm

Yes, it’s that marvellous time for the Civic Tech community: the full TICTeC schedule is now online and you can browse it to your heart’s content, picking which sessions you’ll attend — not always an easy decision when there’s so much to choose from! As usual, TICTeC promises access to civic tech around the world…

And we’re off: gathering information on financial interests and APPGs

13 May 2024 @ 8:38 am

We’ve kickstarted the WhoFundsThem project, and now we have a (tight!) timeline of work WhoFundsThem is our new project looking to uncover the influence of money in politics. You can donate or volunteer to support this project.   On Friday, we sent our first batch of requests for information to 25 All Party Parliamentary Groups…

TICTeC keynote speaker announcement: Nick Mabey OBE

25 April 2024 @ 10:11 am

Hot on the heels of our last big announcement, we’re very happy to confirm our second keynote for TICTeC, The Impacts of Civic Technology conference 2024: Nick Mabey OBE. If you’d like to hear from one of the big players, really making a difference to the UK’s climate change response, you’ll want to make sure…

We’re putting more ‘local’ into the Local Intelligence Hub

25 April 2024 @ 7:51 am

Tl;dr: We’ve added lots of local council data to the Local Intelligence Hub. In February, we launched the Local Intelligence Hub, and today we’ve released a huge new update.  We designed the Local Intelligence Hub — in collaboration with The Climate Coalition and supported by Green Alliance — to provide all the data you need,…

Improving TheyWorkForYou’s voting summaries

23 April 2024 @ 10:58 am

If you value the work mySociety and TheyWorkForYou do, please consider whether you can make a donation. We have a good track record of making Parliament more open, provide essential tools to civil society and small charities, and with our platform a little support can go a long way.  If you would like to make…

The Council Climate Scorecards project is having international impact

23 April 2024 @ 8:12 am

Canada differs from the UK in many ways: obviously it’s vastly bigger, extending across many more latitudes; its climate, nature and terrains vary hugely; its cities are more dispersed and diverse — and accordingly, the challenges the two countries face around tackling the climate emergency are different, too.  But there are some significant ways in…