The Pledge Tracker

In the Coalition Agreement document, Our programme for government, David Cameron and Nick Clegg made nearly 400 pledges organised into 31 categories. In this section, our pledge tracker measures the percentage of pledges that have been delivered, how many are in progress and which have been abandoned all together. By clicking on the sections below you can see the status of each individual pledge, analysis from Insight’s team of specialist political consultants and an assessment of what progress has been made.

  • Banking


    In 2010 the task of the Coalition was to restore Britain as a global financial leader with post-crash regulatory architecture and business conditions to foster economic growth. From a legislative perspective, a central achievement of the Coalition Government in Parliament is the passage of the Financial Services Act which received Royal Assent in December 2012 … Continued

  • Business


    In its Programme for Government document, the Coalition stated that business is the ‘driver of economic growth and innovation’. Promoting business in the economy is central to the deficit reduction strategy. However, although the Government has aimed to cut red tape, rebalance the relationship with the regions and promote SMEs, sustained economic growth continues to … Continued

  • Civil Liberties


    Civil liberties helped bring the Coalition partners together three years ago, and since then, has threatened to drive them apart. It was a major campaign theme for both parties in 2010, as they drew attention to many of Labour’s more unpopular anti-terrorism and anti-crime measures. In his ‘Restoring British Liberties’ speech in January 2011, the … Continued

  • Communities & Local Government


    Led by Eric Pickles, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has not shied away from making difficult and controversial decisions.  At the forefront of the localism agenda, the department has played a leading role in seeking to empower cities, towns, and communities, as well as the private and third sector, to come up … Continued

  • Consumer Protection


    Whilst the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the ministry with prime responsibility for consumer policy issues with specific political responsibility for it falling under Liberal Democrat control, a significant number of the consumer protection pledges in the Coalition Agreement cut across other Departments, most notably the Department of Energy and Climate Change … Continued

  • Crime & Policing


    The Coalition’s report card on crime and policing is, on the face of it, pretty good: crime rates in England and Wales are down by 8.4per cent (2011-2012); no u-turns (yet); and Theresa May has successfully weathered a few PR storms leaving her, and her department relatively unscathed. Indeed, when reviewing the Coalition’s nineteen pledges … Continued

  • Culture, Olympics, Media & Sport


    Over the last 12 months, the central focus for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has been delivering the 2012 Olympic Games. With the games widely viewed as a resounding success, the challenge now for the Department is to shift its focus onto dealing with domestic affairs.   One area that DCMS would do well … Continued

  • Defence


    The Coalition has made strong progress on pledges made to the military in the Programme for Government. Budgetary consolidation has not been as controversial as might have been expected prior to the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010. While the Government has faced occasional criticism, over issues such as a lack of aircraft carriers … Continued

  • Deficit Reduction


    Deficit reduction is the glue that binds the Coalition together.  The coalition agreement itself highlights that “the most urgent task facing this country is to tackle our record debts”.  Cameron and Clegg have repeatedly cited reducing the deficit as the core focus of the coalition, and it is fair to say that the legacy they … Continued

  • Energy & Climate Change


    By pledging to become ‘Greenest Government Ever’ the Coalition looked set to put environmental issues at the top of its policy agenda.   Though it has made some progress, it has found the balance between going green and going for growth a difficult one to maintain.  For instance, the Government has had to juggle strict carbon … Continued

  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


    At the mid-way point of this Parliament, the Government has delivered half of the pledges it made in 2010 with regard to its aims for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  This progress has been delivered against a backdrop of localised flooding, the ash tree dieback crisis, the horsemeat scandal and an increase in farm animal … Continued

  • Equalities


    The Government Equalities Office (GEO), now sitting back within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) since November last year, has made some significant progress against the objectives set for it when the Coalition came to power in 2010. The Government’s Mid-Term Review, published earlier this year, states that ‘over the years huge advances … Continued

  • Europe


    Europe was always going to be a fight for the Coalition.  With the Liberal Democrats advocating pro-European policies and the increasingly Eurosceptic Conservatives viewing the EU as the cause of, not the solution to many of the UK’s problems, tensions were always going to run high.  Add in the recent electoral success of UKIP then … Continued

  • Families & Children


    “The Government believes that strong and stable families of all kinds are the bedrock of a strong and stable society.  That is why we need to make our society more family friendly, and to take action to protect children from excessive commercialisation and premature sexualisation.”                     … Continued

  • Foreign Affairs


    The Coalition has brought a shift in foreign policy focus away from traditional western powers to emerging countries, particularly the BRICs, from influence by hard power to soft power, and from a foreign policy based on ideology to one based on pragmatism. As with nearly all policy areas, the economy has been a primary motivating factor, … Continued

  • Government Transparency


    The 2010 election was fought in the shadow of the expenses scandal and rising public distrust for politicians. In order to reverse these perceptions and make Government more accountable, both coalition partners sought to make Government more transparent and give voters a clearer idea of how they taxes were spent.  While nothing on the scale … Continued

  • Immigration


    A core part of selling the Coalition to Conservative backbenchers was the commitment that reducing immigration would remain a major policy priority.  Popular with the electorate, but not with the Liberal Democrats, the pledge to cap immigration to under 100,000 a year became the centre piece of Government policy in this area.  Whilst progress has … Continued

  • International Development


    At this time of austerity, the Department for International Development (DfID) sensibly recognises that it has a ‘heightened responsibility’ to ensure maximum value from every pound spent on overseas aid. In 2011, DfID announced that it had ended aid to 16 countries that it believes no longer require it, such as Russia, and adopted new … Continued

  • Jobs & Welfare


    The Coalition’s large scale reform of the welfare system has attracted considerable criticism, and has, perhaps inevitably, led to suggestions from the Left that these changes are symptomatic of the “same old Tories”, living up to their “nasty party” credentials. The passing of the Welfare Reform Act was by no means smooth and there have … Continued

  • Justice


    The replacement of Ken Clarke with Chris Grayling as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice at the last Cabinet reshuffle in September 2012 was greeted by the Conservative grassroots as signalling a major shift in the Government’s justice policy.   And yet, despite a clear change of tone since taking the reins at the … Continued

  • National Security


    The fight against terrorism, abroad and domestically, remains the top national security concern. The Coalition has departed from its predecessor on how it approaches this task in a number of different ways, the first of which was the establishment of the National Security Council on the day the Coalition was formed. The National Security Council … Continued

  • NHS


    Despite pledging to stop top-down reorganisations, the Coalition Government announced its intention to undertake a large scale restructuring of the NHS in its July 2010 White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS. The changes put forward by Andrew Lansley, then Secretary of State for Health, were described by Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, … Continued

  • Pensions & Older People


    The Coalition Government inherited an incredibly complicated state pension system in 2010, with many workers (young and old) unsure of how to calculate their retirement income and often expecting more money than they will actually receive. The Government therefore set out a series of pledges in the Coalition Agreement on pensions, which sought to: provide … Continued

  • Political Reform


    In May 2010, as David Cameron and Nick Clegg emerged from six days of tough negotiations and stood together as coalition partners in the Downing Street Rose Garden. The pre-election expenses scandal had spurred politicians of all parties to adopt a reforming tone and advocates of political reform were full of hope. The Coalition Agreement … Continued

  • Public Health


    For the first time in forty years, local authorities have direct responsibility for improving the health of their communities. Local government can reasonably be viewed as the natural leader on public health. It is, after all, well positioned to place health and wellbeing in the context of the wider social determinants of health, such as: … Continued

  • Schools


    “The Government believes that we need to reform our school system to tackle educational inequality, which has widened in recent years, and to give greater powers to parents and pupils to choose a good school. We want to ensure high standards of discipline in the classroom, robust standards and the highest quality teaching. We also … Continued

  • Social Action


    At the last election one of the Conservative Party’s core messages was the need to build ‘The Big Society’.  On paper, the creation of institutions such as the Big Society Bank and the National Citizens Service suggest that the idea has been successfully implemented. However, the political reality is far more complicated. Despite a series … Continued

  • Social Care & Disability


    Social care has been a difficult topic for successive Governments to tackle. With an ageing population and a potential elderly care crisis, the issue of social care has become more prominent.  However, the Government’s interest in the topic has fluctuated and the policy area has often been overshadowed by controversy. Despite these difficulties, it is … Continued

  • Taxation


    Ask any Liberal Democrat about what they consider to be their biggest achievement in Government and they will likely tell you about their plans to raise the personal allowance for income tax.  With the Conservative Party now launching a poster campaign which highlights how they are taking people out of income tax, the issue of … Continued

  • Transport


    The Department for Transport (DfT) has had a predictably unpredictable three years under the Coalition Government.  Under Philip Hammond’s stewardship the key message was that the DfT was doing better than others with the spending cuts being imposed by the Treasury on all departments.  However, these cuts to revenue spending created a build-up of pressure … Continued

  • Universities & Further Education


    Few will forget the scale of the backlash towards the Liberal Democrats when they agreed to raising tuition fees up to a £9000 maximum.  This outcry was fronted by students, angry parents and other disillusioned voters who had made their Party selection based upon a belief that the Lib Dems would honour their election pledge … Continued