Policy Tracker tracks the promises made by the government in their election manifesto.
Once a general election has been held in the UK, Policy Tracker tracks the progress of each promise made in the winning party’s manifesto, and throughout their time in government.
On June 8th 2017, the Conservative Party was re-elected, so this website shows what progress has been made since then. Their term of office ended on November 6th 2019, with an election called on December 12th.
We’re continuing to add the final policies (there were 693 promises made in total). We will continue to track these into 2020 as the final statistics and reports are released, and we will also start tracking the next government’s manifesto promises after the election.
Why do this?
Our goal is for everyone to vote in elections – and to want to vote. One of the reasons we know some don’t vote is because they feel politicians don’t keep their promises – they aren’t accountable. So creating a policy tracker seems like an obvious way to start solving the problem.
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, as well as providing 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
Thanks to a growing community of volunteers, the policy verdicts are kept up to date and revised when something significant happens. You can find out more about our approach in this blog post, and we have a Writing Style Guide that describes the consistent structure and tone we aim to achieve. 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, but it’s also a great way to learn about different issues, and how government works. Please join us if you’d like to help.
If you’d like to get involved in any way, we’d love to hear from you.