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Business Plans: track progress in implementing our policies

You can use this site to track the Government's progress in implementing the reforms set out in the 2012-15 Business Plans.

The graphs provide an overview of implementation progress across the full set of reform actions. A selection of recently completed and soon to be completed actions give a flavour of what the Government is working on at the moment.

Click on a department to see all its 2012 Business Plan commitments, and their current status.

Current status of actions

Actions completed on time

Actions completed last month

Title
Cabinet Office
3.4.i Consult on a Green Paper and draft legislation on Parliamentary Privilege
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.1.i Implement the new National Scholarship Programme to provide awards to students entering higher education in the academic year 2012/13
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.2.i Ensure information is available for each university on key issues for students, including student satisfaction and post-educational outcomes for graduates from different courses and universities
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2.1.iii Ensure all new apprenticeships require apprentices who have not reached L2 in English and maths to progress towards it, working with DfE
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.1.ii Develop and launch a high profile manufacturing industry exhibition alongside the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games that will be open to a UK and international audience visiting London for the 2012 Games
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.15.i Green Investment Bank operational
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4.1.ix Inject more private sector talent and expertise into UKTI’s senior leadership team by aiming to ensure that at least 50 percent of its Executive Team is drawn from business
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.3.iii Publish monitoring report on performance against the ‘planning guarantee’ for application and appeal processing times
Department for Communities and Local Government
4.1.ii Agreements signed with local authorities on retention of additional Right to Buy receipts
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.1.i Review uncommitted project budgets and all releases of contingency funds
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.2.i Work with the Home Office, Mayor of London, security agencies, LOCOG and other partners to ensure that effective security plans and capabilities are in place and well integrated with wider operations
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.1.i Establish new School Games competition as an annual event
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.2.i Finalise and publish the summary of government support available to sports bodies bidding for events
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.2.ii First local TV stations licensed
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.4.i Confirm level of Urban Broadband Fund funding awards to each of the 10 Round 1 cities
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.4.ii Invite bids from other cities for additional £50m funding
Department for Education
1.2.ii Approve and open the second wave of Free Schools
Department for Education
1.2.iii Approve and open the next wave of studio schools and University Technical Colleges
Department for Education
1.3.i Identify best practices in raising the attainment of disadvantaged students, working with the Education Endowment Foundation. Announce Round 1 projects and begin activity in schools
Department for Education
1.3.iii Schools publish first annual on-line statements about how pupil premium has been used
Department for Education
1.3.iv Deliver first summer schools for disadvantaged pupils moving from primary to secondary school
Department for Education
2.4.i Ensure all new apprenticeships require apprentices who have not reached L2 in English and maths to progress towards it, working with BIS
Department for Education
2.4.ii Implement minimum durations of 12 months for apprenticeships for those under 19
Department for Education
3.1.i Re-examine all regulations to reduce and simplify current stock of regulatory requirements
Department for Education
3.2.i Develop a streamlined Foundation Years inspection and regulation framework
Department for Education
3.2.iii Implement the new school inspection framework to drive improvement in schools more quickly, with a particular focus on the progress of those children eligible for the Pupil Premium for disadvantaged children (paid to schools to help raise the attainment of pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals or who are Looked After)
Department for Education
4.1.iv Enable teacher training to take place in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) so that teachers are able to acquire Qualified Teacher Status and undertake teaching practice at effective/successful PRUs
Department for Education
4.2.iii Implement revised arrangements for teacher appraisal and capability procedures
Department for Education
4.3.i Introduce an assessed and supported first year in employment for social workers
Department for Education
5.2.iii Implement a new Foundation Stage framework that is less bureaucratic and more focused on improving young children’s learning and development
Department for Education
5.2.iv Introduce new guidance on free early education entitlement, including on flexibility for parents and on quality of provision
Department for Education
6.1.ii Deliver education, health and care plans in all pathfinder areas
Department for Education
6.4.iv Put in place Youth Contract provision for disengaged 16-17 year olds across the country. This will support over 55,000 young people by March 2015
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.12.i Publish a Rural Statement demonstrating how Government policies and programmes deliver benefits to rural residents, businesses and communities
Department for International Development
1.2.i Showcase MDG successes and lessons learned in an event around the UN General Assembly (MDG Countdown)
Department for International Development
2.3.iv Undertake a scoping study on the applicability of the Social Impact Bond as a payment-by-results related instrument to encourage private sector engagement in development
Department for Transport
7.2.i Ensure delivery of the Olympic Route Network, working with TfL
Department for Transport
7.2.ii Positively change central government travel in London at Games time by operating the Travel Demand Management programme, working with TfL
Department for Transport
7.2.iii Ensure delivery partners, including local authorities and TfL, are able to deal with anticipated demand on their transport networks during Games time
Department for Work and Pensions
6.2.iv Complete an initial review and launch a consultation on proposals for the revision, consolidation, withdrawal or otherwise for the 32 Approved Codes of Practice
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.4.iii Implement plans for meeting the Greening Government commitments on waste and water in core DECC
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.1.vi Manage the visits of 120 Heads of State and Government to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, support the delivery of the British Business Embassy
Home Office
1.2.i Enhance the national crime mapping website, Police.uk, to show what happens after a crime has occurred and support additional ‘trailblazer’ areas to drive transparency even further locally
Home Office
1.2.ii Provide Police and Crime Commissioners with as much information as possible on crime levels, sentencing and rehabilitation of offenders, with the Ministry of Justice
Home Office
2.4.i Agree a timetable for introducing draft legislation to simplify and improve anti-social behaviour powers and tools
Home Office
3.1.i Develop national guidance on police use of informal community resolutions and restorative justice in conjunction with the Association of Chief Police Officers
Home Office
3.6.i Ensure Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team and network of expert advisers in place and actively supporting 29 local areas to strengthen their partnership response to gangs and youth violence, as set out in the Ending Gang and Youth Violence report
Home Office
4.5.ii Prevent illegal migrant access to credit facilities by implementing proposals based on an evaluation of a financial information data-sharing pilot
Home Office
4.6.ii Ensure 90 per cent of visa applications are applied for online
Home Office
6.3.i Strengthen the UK’s protection against and ability to respond to a terrorist attack
Home Office
7.1.ii Fund the recruitment of 5,000 business mentors to support women wishing to start up and grow their business
Ministry of Defence
1.5.i Deliver Tranche 1 of the plan to reduce the number of RN personnel by around 5,000
Ministry of Defence
1.6.i Deliver Tranche 1 of the plan to reduce the number of Army personnel by around 20,000
Ministry of Defence
1.6.xi Disband 19 Light Brigade
Ministry of Defence
1.7.i Deliver Tranche 1 of the plan to reduce the number of RAF personnel by around 5,000
Ministry of Defence
2.2.ii Deliver NEM Final Report (to include costed options) to inform Annual Budget Cycle 13 (ABC13)
Ministry of Justice
4.2.ii Publish Judicial Diversity Taskforce progress report

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
1.3.i Publish sectoral pipelines every six months
Cabinet Office
4.2.ii Implement new legal form for charities (charitable incorporated organisations)
Cabinet Office
5.1.ii End informal internships across Whitehall
Cabinet Office
5.1.iv Ensure the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is fully operational
Cabinet Office
1.11.ii Help departments to define and prioritise their efficiency and reform agendas as agreed in Departmental Efficiency and Reform Action Plans
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.4.i Bring into force new regulations on exempting unlisted companies from mandatory audits for subsidiary accounts, subject to conditions contained in 4th Directive and outcome of consultation
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.4.i Pass the regulations associated with the Localism Act 2011 to ensure that the Community Infrastructure Levy incentivise neighbourhoods to go for growth
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.1.i Pass the regulations associated with the Localism Act 2011 to give communities the right to bid to save local facilities threatened with closure
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.1.iii Consult on detailed proposals to make it easier to establish new town and parish councils with consultation launch in July and close in October
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.1.iv Ask the Local Government Association and the National Association of Local Councils to help us develop model schemes for town and parish councils by summer 2012
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.6.i Support local authorities to retain and reinstate weekly rubbish collection and encourage reward schemes to boost recycling, including providing up to £250 million of central funding
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.3.i Work with The Prince’s Trust and London 2012 networks to implement ‘Opportunity – inspired by – London 2012’, a programme offering 500 disadvantaged young people a unique chance to develop their skills and be involved in London 2012 related events
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.1.ii Work with Treasury and HMRC to establish new Cultural Gifts Scheme which will incentivise lifetime giving and donations of pre-eminent objects to public collections
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.5.i Implement digital switchover in Meridian, London, Tyne Tees and Northern Ireland
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.3.i Work with Arts Council England to deliver wide ranging consultation on how people will interact with library services both now and in the future
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.5.i Develop and lay before Parliament statutory guidance on changes introduced by Live Music Act
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.2.ii Commence Live Music Act
Department for Education
4.4.i Publish Professor Nutbrown’s review of qualifications and career pathways in early education and childcare and respond to her recommendations
Department for Education
4.4.ii Continue to seek opportunities to reduce burdens and remove unnecessary regulation and paperwork which undermine professionals’ ability to protect children and promote their development
Department for Education
6.2.i Develop and publish a new approach for learning from serious child protection incidents that focuses on what went wrong, why, what action has been taken since the incident and what further action still needs to be taken to improve protection for children
Department for Education
6.2.ii Publish radically reduced statutory guidance on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to clarify statutory responsibilities, remove prescriptive practice guidance and allow professionals to exercise their judgement
Department for Education
6.3.ii Publish updated children in care and adoption performance tables
Department for Education
6.5.i Legally establish and appoint a Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.5.i Agree realistic objectives at Hyderabad (CoP11) for financing the global implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.6.ii Develop, with international partners, advice on biodiversity safeguards for “REDD+” strategies to reduce emissions from deforestation
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.9.i Publish plans to reform the system for registration of new town and village greens
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.10.ii Consult on new guidance on the use of the ‘Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest’ (IROPI) test for major projects
Department for Transport
3.3.i Increase maximum penalty charges where works overrun their agreed period by finalising new regulations and bringing them into force
Department for Transport
5.1.i Consult on sustainable aviation framework for UK
Department for Transport
5.2.iv Begin trials of reforms to aviation security
Department for Work and Pensions
1.3.ii Train healthcare professionals to conduct face-to-face assessments to provide evidence for the review
Department for Work and Pensions
1.3.iii Recruit and train an expert panel which will provide advice on the standards that will form the evidence-based review
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.i Draft regulations to implement the benefit cap and lay before Parliament
Department for Work and Pensions
1.7.iii Prepare secondary legislation supporting the direct lodgement of appeal requests with HM Courts and Tribunals Service and lay before Parliament
Department for Work and Pensions
3.7.i Establish a Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission
Department for Work and Pensions
4.2.ii Start delivery of auto-enrolment into pension schemes
Department for Work and Pensions
4.3.i Develop and publish paper for wider public discussion
Department for Work and Pensions
4.3.ii Streamline regulations on disclosure of information to pension scheme members
Department for Work and Pensions
6.2.ii Revoke the first set of Health and Safety regulations
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.i Launch Green Deal (underpinned by legislation)
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.ii Introduce policies to increase demand for the Green Deal, alongside core finance offer, which includes a £200m incentive scheme
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.iii Introduce policies to enable application of Green Deal to the commercial sector, alongside household offer
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.v Encourage, with the Department for Communities and Local Government, local authorities to deliver energy efficiency in their areas and social landlords to improve the energy performance of their stock, using the Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets and the Green Deal and provide greater certainty to suppliers
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.vi Introduce the Energy Company Obligation, which will both provide support for energy efficiency measures and help low-income households heat their homes more affordably
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.2.i Amend energy suppliers' licenses to require them to complete the roll-out by 2019, and to facilitate early developments
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.4.iv Introduce a plan for mainstreaming sustainable development into DECC’s decision and policy making
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.2.v Publish review of Feed in Tariffs for solar photovoltaic cost control and small-scale non-photovoltaic technology issues
Department of Health
1.1.ii Begin phased implementation of choice of Any Qualified Provider in community and mental health services
Department of Health
1.4.i Explore and develop best practice for integration of personal budgets across health and social care as part of the personal health budget programme
Department of Health
1.4.ii Publish final evaluation report of personal health budget pilot programme
Department of Health
1.5.i Launch HealthWatch nationally
Department of Health
2.6.i Develop proposals for dental contract reform
Department of Health
3.3.i Begin to introduce enhanced role for local authorities, through health and wellbeing boards, to promote integration across health, public health and care based on strengthened Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and new joint health and wellbeing strategies
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.6.ii Improve the measurement of the effectiveness of Conflict Pool programmes, working with DFID and MOD to ensure expenditure is delivering value for money and results which are meeting the Building Stability Overseas Strategy objectives
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.3.v Agree an ambitious external human rights strategy for the EU
Her Majesty's Treasury
1.2.i Ongoing reforms to tax system legislated through the Finance Bill annually
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.1.ii Introduce a 15% rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax on residential properties over £2million purchased by certain non-natural persons, effective from Budget 2012, to be legislated in Finance Bill 2012
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.5.i Support industry by increasing the climate change levy discount on electricity to 90 per cent for climate change agreement participants from 1 April 2013
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.i Reform Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts, subject to state aid approval
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.ii Re-notify Community Investment Tax Relief to the EU
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.13.i Consult on changes to Money Laundering Regulation
Home Office
2.3.ii Prepare and consult on the recommendations for entry to the police service at the rank of Superintendent and Chief Constable and on changes to the police negotiating machinery
Home Office
2.5.iv Analyse consultation responses and introduce secondary legislation on the Late Night Levy and Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders
Home Office
4.1.i Monitor the need for further changes to the student routes to ensure applicants are genuine students, and agree any necessary changes required to prevent abuse
Home Office
5.5.i Review Civil Registration in England and Wales and consider next steps
Home Office
7.3.vii Implement the Equality Advisory and Support Service to provide advice on equality and discrimination to individuals
Ministry of Justice
3.7.iii Implement Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme reforms and Victims of Terrorism legislation, subject to the outcome of the consultation
Ministry of Justice
3.7.iv Implement reforms to the Victim Surcharge and Penalty Notices for Disorder, subject to the outcome of the consultation
Ministry of Justice
3.11.i Analyse consultation responses and identify of next steps
Ministry of Justice
4.5.iii Publish response to Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act
Ministry of Justice
3.8.i Implement new organisational structure