And they make a difference to people’s lives
Using @TheyWorkForYou is a brilliant way to cut through the endless piles of leaflets and get down to the facts. Read up. Vote.
@fixmystreet nice Reading council lady came to my door couple of days after posting damaged kerbs. Job done. Perfect.
I feel today is gonna be one of those days where the @fixmystreet app is gonna get plenty of use...
Users across our UK sites.
WriteToThem users sent over 190,000 emails to their councillors, MPs or other elected representatives in 2015.
Two weeks later, we ask them if they got a reply, and every year, the results make up our Responsiveness League Table for the previous twelve months.
Michael Ellis, Northampton North
Up 7 places from last year
Iain Duncan Smith, Chingford and Woodford Dean
Down 5 places from last year
After a winter my street developed a pothole; it would fill with water and was on a bend. I used WriteToThem to ask my councillor about it and the pothole was fixed shortly afterwards. This was a small change in the big scheme of things, but it made me feel much safer when cycling or riding my motorcycle home in the dark.
87,369 Hansard speeches
Published for everyone to see, on TheyWorkForYou in 2015.
34,000 email alerts set up
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0 mentions of tapirs in 2015
Maybe politicians haven’t discovered how awesome tapirs really are?
I recently shared a link on my local Facebook group of around 4,000 people because there were political discussions that I felt were based on gossip and assumption. I feel I can trust TheyWorkForYou to cut through 'spin' and provide me with the information I actually want without bias.
I am a parish council clerk and always report potholes via FixMyStreet, because it is so much easier to use than the council website. I encourage parishioners to use FixMyStreet by mentioning it in the local newsletter.
The roads near where I live are often used as a dumping ground for old furniture, clothes and bags of rubbish. I can take a photo of the mattress or whatever, upload it with the location, and get it logged all while I walk to catch my train.
Referring to WhatDoTheyKnow gave Positive Action Group (PAG) the backup and confidence to lobby, over a number of years, for a Freedom of Information Act in the Isle of Man. The Act is to be finally implemented on February 1st 2016.
I used WhatDotheyKnow to find out some employment and expenditure information from my local NHS Primary Care Trust. That worked easily and is now publicly available for everyone to see.
That kept us busy!
We added all the new MPs on TheyWorkForYou, in real time.
(We’re still proud of our title for the accompanying blog post).
And we worked for Full Fact, refining their processes to help them check every statement that was put out around the election.
We used TheyWorkForYou data in ‘match to MP’ on PositionDial, our first political matching feature. This led into ‘match to parties and candidates’ for the UK General Election 2015 (named best Voter Advice Application by the Guardian). 43% of young people not intending to vote said using PositionDial made them more likely to do so.