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About

Policy Tracker tracks the promises made by the government before they were elected.

Once a general election has been held in the UK, Policy Tracker tracks each promise made in the winning party’s manifesto, throughout their time in government.

On June 8th 2017, the Conservative Party was re-elected, so this website helps you to see what progress has been made since then.

Why?

Our goal is for everyone to vote in elections – and to want to vote. One of the reasons we know some people feel voting doesn’t matter, is because they feel politicians don’t keep their promises – they aren’t accountable. So creating a policy tracker like this part of the solution to this problem. We’re making politics more open and transparent.

We also think it’s pretty hard to engage with politics and stay up to date with what’s going on. We’re hoping that through the information we provide here, and by suggesting links to other great resources, you’ll find more ways to get involved – and feel like politics can work for you.

We’re proud to be following in the footsteps of other policy trackers like Morsi Meter in Egypt and Trudeau Meter in Canada. We want to make it easier for this kind of service to be available in every country, so we’re making the website code open source, so it’s available to anyone who wants to use it.

We’ll also be making the policy data available via a feed. This will enable other websites or services to be built using the policy data, without the burden of having to create and maintain it. Please get in touch if you’re interested in using this.

How does it work?

We extracted every single policy or promise from the winning party’s manifesto. We research the progress of each promise, using a combination of online resources and talking to subject matter experts, and establish how far each promise has progressed. We write up our reasoning and give a status of either Not Started, In Progress, Done, or Broken. We then keep track of each policy and update it every time something significant happens.

You can find out more about our approach in this blog post. We’ve also answered some common questions in our FAQ page.

Who’s behind Policy Tracker?

Policy Tracker is a Vote for Policies project. Vote for Policies is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. It is non-partisan and independent of any political party or organisation.

It’s a lot of work keeping the site going and the policies up to date, so please get in touch if you’d like to help.

Our thanks go to The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and to The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.

If you’d like to get involved in any way, from suggesting an edit to one of the policies, to helping keep the site up to date, or if you’d like to use the content, we’d love to hear from you.