The new coalition government has pledged to continue improving access to government-held data as part of its 'Big Society' initiative.
The government announced today that its "people power" ideas would drive future public service reform and said it would release data to help inform people of the situation in their local community.
It says it will increase access to government-held data "through a 'new right to data' for citizens to ensure government data is published". Police forces will also be obliged to publish monthly crime statistics.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said, "Today heralds the end of Whitehall bureaucrats micro-managing public services - it's not efficient and it doesn't work. People know what is best for them and their community, and it is government's job to make this happen as cost effectively as possible."
The announcement came shortly after the Liberal Democrats voted at a party conference for repealing parts of the Digital Economy Bill.
The party has problems with amendment 120a, which facilitates website blocking for alleged copyright infringement.