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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
1.3.i Publish sectoral pipelines every six months
Cabinet Office
3.2.i Publish a response to the report of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee on the draft Recall of MPs Bill
Cabinet Office
3.9.i Work with the Scotland Office to agree a Section 30 Order with the Scottish Government to facilitate a legal, fair and decisive referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future
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
1.10.iv Set out a concrete set of proposals agreed across Central Government on how to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of debt management and collection
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
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
2.2.ii Complete outsourcing of Audit Commission's in-house audit practice to private sector
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
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
4.2.i School Teachers' Review Body makes initial recommendations on pay reform under current remit.
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 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
2.4.i Introduce a pilot in the Work Programme to test the joint commissioning of employment and reduced re-offending, working with the Ministry of Justice
Department for Work and Pensions
4.2.ii Start delivery of auto-enrolment into pension schemes
Department for Work and Pensions
4.3.ii Streamline regulations on disclosure of information to pension scheme members
Department for Work and Pensions
5.5.i Consult on the future of the ILF post April 2015 in the context of the Social Care White Paper
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
1.4.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
1.2.i Complete the evaluation of NHS 111 pilot sites and informed by its findings, begin implementation in England as appropriate
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
1.5.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
2.13.i Consult on changes to Money Laundering Regulation
Home Office
2.2.iv Establish a Police Professional Body to develop leadership, policing practice and professional standards
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.iii Publish Government’s response following the consultation on repealing provisions making employers liable for the harassment of their employees by third parties over whom they have no control
Home Office
7.3.iv Publish Government’s response following consultation on the repeal of two provisions in the Equality Act to reduce the bureaucracy associated with employment tribunals for employers
Home Office
7.3.vii Implement the Equality Advisory and Support Service to provide advice on equality and discrimination to individuals
Ministry of Justice
3.8.i Implement new organisational structure

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
1.12.iii Cut bureaucracy by carrying out a one-off internal 'red tape challenge' exercise to get rid of unnecessary data requirements that have accumulated over time
Cabinet Office
1.12.i Seek to establish a common set of robust, timely and consistent management information that enables senior officials and ministers to make comparisons of operational performance across government so that departments and individuals can be held to account
Cabinet Office
1.12.ii Publish a strategy to improve Government management information, including enhancements to quarterly reporting requirements based on the existing QDS
Cabinet Office
1.5.iii Develop, working with the Office of the Public Guardian, a series of digital prototypes to replace aspects of its business that are currently entirely paper-based, including a “beta” (prototype) version of the “Lasting Power of Attorney” process
Cabinet Office
4.2.iii Publish Charities Act 2006 Review report
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.3.ii Develop REF submissions system and open it to responses by institutions
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.5.iii Conditional offers announced for successful Regional Growth Fund Round 3 bids
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.6.iii Successfully award Business Finance Partnership funding allocated to BIS to proposals for the first £50m of the Business Finance Partnership (non-bank lending)
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.7.ii Publish a progress report on implementation of Breedon Review
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.3.iv Publish a summary of findings from the Workplace Rights, Compliance and Enforcement Review (WRCER) and consult on key areas for change, including reforming regulation of the recruitment sector
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.10.i Publication of independent review
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.14.i Review of the Regulators Compliance Code completed
Department for Communities and Local Government
1.4.iii Develop and put in place a way of measuring the wider impact on families, beyond the results element of the Payment by Results, including health, family functioning and costs for the state
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.1.vi Announce outcome of review of planning guidance, in concert with the sector
Department for Communities and Local Government
4.1.i Report on progress against the Housing Strategy, including work to reinvigorate the Right to Buy, progress on the NewBuy scheme, the Government’s land release programme, the public land auction pilot, and use of the New Homes Bonus
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.10.iii Promote growth through an open and transparent internet where legitimate business can thrive and consumers and citizens enjoy a high level of confidence and security. Key milestones: IGF, Prague, June 2012; Budapest Cyber Conference, Nov 2012.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.12.i Publication of Government Response to consultation and detailed proposals on next steps
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.4.iii Announce winning bids for second round of funding
Department for Education
6.1.iii Publish independent interim evaluation of pathfinders with initial recommendations on single assessment and plan
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.3.iii Report on progress made towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and opportunities for further action
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.5.i Implement a carefully managed and science-led policy of badger control in two pilot areas of high and persistent levels of bTB
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.3.i Publish, with Cabinet Office, the first annual report on the Government’s performance and transparency against the Greening Government Commitments
Department for Transport
2.1.iii Set out next steps on rail decentralisation, following consultation
Department for Transport
3.1.ii Deliver new framework for devolving decisions on local major transport schemes to local areas, announced in January 2012
Department for Transport
3.3.ii Consult on ending the need for government approval of individual local authorities’ permit schemes and set out the way forward
Department for Transport
7.3.ii Develop and publish an Equalities Action Plan to support the published DfT equality objectives, to ensure that social impacts, well being and fairness are embedded in DfT policy
Department for Work and Pensions
1.7.ii Prepare secondary legislation to introduce mandatory reconsideration and lay before Parliament
Department for Work and Pensions
1.8.i Publish the Government’s response to the Sickness Absence Review
Department for Work and Pensions
2.1.i Publish first set of Work Programme 12 month outcome Business Plan indicator statistics
Department for Work and Pensions
3.2.i Introduce Jobseeker’s Allowance for lone parents whose youngest child is 5 or over
Department for Work and Pensions
6.2.i Launch a consultation on self-employment exemptions to Health and Safety
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.vii Produce, with Defra, advice for households living in rural areas on improving home energy efficiency and reducing energy costs
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.5.i Publish green paper on the energy efficiency potential in the economy and objectives for further energy efficiency deployment
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.4.i Identify projects to receive government financial support that will contribute to the achievement of cost-competitive Carbon Capture and Storage technology and operation in the UK
Department of Health
1.4.iii Initiate national roll out of personal budgets for chronic/long term conditions, informed by the results of the evaluation of pilots [Open Public Services]
Department of Health
1.6.ii Improve the performance and capability of the CQC with regard to regulation and inspecting quality by strengthening its Board and accountability arrangements
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.iii Support BIS to successfully award Business Finance Partnership funding allocated to BIS to proposals for the Business Finance Partnership
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.iv Support BIS in delivering the Small Business focussed Business Finance Partnership strand
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.v Support BIS’s work on implementing the industry-led Taskforce on non-bank lending
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.vi Support BIS’s work on the advisory group for access to finance in capital markets / SME bonds
Home Office
1.1.i Prepare for elections of Police and Crime Commissioners working with the Electoral Commission, including introduction of any secondary legislation required
Home Office
1.1.ii Hold elections of Police and Crime Commissioners
Home Office
1.1.iii Ensure devolution issues in London and Wales are properly taken account of ahead of the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners
Home Office
1.1.iv Establish effective checks and balances for Police and Crime Commissioners through Police and Crime Panels and public transparency, including introduction of the secondary legislation required
Home Office
2.1.ii Simplify police crime and data recording by reducing the number of crime classifications, increasing the use of the Home Office data hub and simplifying individual forces’ crime recording practices, working with Association of Chief Police Officers
Home Office
2.1.iii Issue a revised Code of Practice on Arrest to encourage police officers to consider whether an arrest is necessary in cases where somebody claims to have acted in self defence. This will provide people with greater protection to prevent crime, apprehend criminals and to defend themselves against intruders
Home Office
2.3.v Build the capacity and capability and knowledge of the Police Service in transformational change, to support the development of local plans which maintain or improve services to the public whilst budgets reduce, working with the multi-agency Policing Value for Money Unit, ahead of the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will continue to develop and pursue their priority inspection programme around development and delivery of forces’ plans and will also consider progress routinely through their ongoing risk-based monitoring of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Service.
Home Office
4.3.ii Publish and begin testing based on refreshed Knowledge of Life in the UK handbook
Home Office
6.4.ii Promote safe and secure travel to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ensure legal entry of all affiliated London Olympic associates, athletes, workers and visitors and efficient passage into the UK through border controls, while maintaining border security
Home Office
5.2.i Implement the legislative changes on pre-charge detention, stop and search powers and local authority use of the surveillance powers in the Protection of Freedoms Act
Ministry of Defence
1.2.i Deliver A400M Steering Committee annual review
Ministry of Defence
1.3.ii Identify UK commitment to new NATO Command Structure
Ministry of Justice
1.1.i Develop a longer term implementation strategy which sets out the opportunities to roll out the principles of payment by results across the offender management system
Ministry of Justice
1.1.v Publish first Doncaster process evaluation
Ministry of Justice
1.9.ii Consider consultation responses and publish government response
Ministry of Justice
2.1.i Develop and implement a plan for the sentencing reforms in the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill
Ministry of Justice
2.1.ii Develop detailed guidance and training for magistrates, the judiciary and legal practitioners and support implementation
Ministry of Justice
2.1.iii Develop a cross-CJS framework for restorative justice approaches
Ministry of Justice
2.4.i Work with CJS partners to develop simplified guidance on the use of out-of-court disposals
Ministry of Justice
2.6.v Increase voluntary repatriation prior to conviction by developing the use of conditional cautions, requiring departure from the UK and no return for a specified period as an alternative to prosecution for FNOs with no right to be in the UK
Ministry of Justice
4.9.i Implement legislative and non-legislative provisions, working with Home Office, Attorney General’s Office and the enforcement authorities
Ministry of Justice
5.1.iii Analyse consultation responses and develop and finalise commissioning structures and delivery models for non-custodial offender services
Ministry of Justice
5.1.iv Produce competition strategy for non-custodial offender services as part of response to probation review consultation
Ministry of Justice
5.1.viii Announce award of contracts for Prisons Competition Phase 2
Ministry of Justice
5.1.ix Announce Prisons Competition Phase 3 in line with the strategy
Ministry of Justice
5.2.i Assess the progress of the Transforming Justice programme currently underway
Ministry of Justice
5.2.iii Sign off next phase of Transforming Justice programme