Today [23nd March 2015] Voting Counts launches its newest project. ‘The Policy Matrix’ will allow visitors to easily compare the five major political parties views on issues they care about.
The new page picks out 1-3 policies from key policy areas (such as Housing, NHS, Foreign Policy and Education), simplifies them and then allows for them to be compared directly to the other parties. This allows young people in particular, to easily see the core values of each party in the chosen area of policy.
“A lot of young people I speak to don’t care about politics as a whole, but they do care about particular issues. The Policy Martix allows them to focus on the policy areas they care about and select a party based on that.” – Rachael Farrington.
The Policy Matrix only contains a few policies from each party, but allows people to compare quickly and easily. Once the manifestos have been announced individual party pages will follow this page – they will include a lot more policies and more detailed descriptions.
Rachael has been able to correspond with each party in order to create an accurate break down of policy.
“Having accurate information is important, without the correct material we cannot expect our users to make an informed decision” – Rachael Farrington.
Again, once the manifestos are announced this page will be updated. The whole website is continuing to be a huge success, and traffic is picking up as the election gets nearer. This page will only add to the websites attraction.
“It is important to me that young people make their own decisions when voting, choosing the same party as your parents or friends just isn’t productive. Hopefully this tool will enable them to make an informed decision quickly and easily, no matter how much political knowledge they have.” – Rachael Farrington.