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Publishes policies on GOV.UK
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Policy publisher

The policy publisher exists to create and manage policies and sub-policies. Whitehall allows departmental editors to tag content to these policies. The policy pages themself are "finders" and served by finder-frontend.

Screenshot of Policy Publisher


  • Policy: a broad overview of an area of government activity eg domestic energy.
  • Sub-policy: specific activities the government is taking to support its objectives eg Green Deal.

Technical documentation

This a Ruby on Rails application backed by PostgreSQL.


Running the application

Run ./ This will start the application on port 3098.

If you're on the dev VM:

bowl policy-publisher

The application will appear on

Running the tests

Run bundle exec rake


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