The simple but effective idea of harnessing the power of mass collaboration has informed many of our plans for government. You can see that in our pledge to publish government data and spending online, so that tech-savvy citizens can mash up the data in useful ways to help make public services more transparent. And you can see that in our proposal to offer a prize for building an innovative government website.
But we don’t have to wait for the election to be given a chance to apply these principles.
Tomorrow is Budget day. Yes, it’s that time of year when the nation plays a giant game of hide and seek with the plans for our economy. Usually, it’s a case of hundreds of civil servants doing the hiding – and a handful of party researchers and journalists doing the seeking. This year, an election year, will be no different. It’s time to level the playing field.
So in the spirit of mass collaboration, we are going to crowdsource our response to the Budget and we need your help in doing just that. We will be publishing it online in an easy-to-read format (not like the enormous PDF documents so beloved of the Treasury) as soon as possible after its release, so if you check back tomorrow afternoon you will be able to start getting past the flashy headlines to dig through the small print.
Sadly, this will all too likely be a brazenly electioneering Budget with most of the painful elements hidden away far from sight so it is more important than ever for us to harness the talent, expertise and savvy of the Great British Public to shed some light on the 2010 Budget.
UPDATE – the site is now live at http://www.yourbudgetresponse.com