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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
1.12.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
1.5.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
5.1.iv Ensure the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is fully operational
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
3.7.ii Publish a progress report on implementation of Breedon Review
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.2.i Publish the Government response to the flexible working and shared parental leave elements of the Modern Workplaces consultation
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 Communities and Local Government
1.1.v Achieve Royal Assent to Local Government Finance Bill to implement rates retention, Tax Increment Financing and localisation of Council Tax support
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
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 Communities and Local Government
4.4.i Publish details of the support we can provide to locally-led, locally-planned large scale developments and details of how to access it
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 Education
1.5.i First alternative provision free schools to open and first Pupil Referral Units convert to Academies
Department for Education
6.1.iii Publish independent interim evaluation of pathfinders with initial recommendations on single assessment and plan
Department for Education
6.5.i Legally establish and appoint a Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
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
1.6.ii Implement pilot approaches to incentivising fishermen to reduce discards, in which all catches of key species must be landed and counted against quota
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 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
3.7.i Establish a Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission
Department for Work and Pensions
4.3.i Develop and publish paper for wider public discussion
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
1.2.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
1.5.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
2.1.i Introduce primary legislation to reform the electricity market
Department of Health
1.3.ii Release first data on proportion of patients with greater control of their care records
Department of Health
1.4.ii Publish final evaluation report of personal health budget pilot programme
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
Department of Health
2.3.i Provide 6 month progress report to the Prime Minister on the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia
Department of Health
2.3.v Report progress on the number of national organisations that have pledged to look at how they can play a part in creating a more dementia friendly society and raise awareness of dementia
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.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
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.v Publish first Doncaster process evaluation
Ministry of Justice
2.1.iii Develop a cross-CJS framework for restorative justice approaches
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
4.5.iii Publish response to Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act
Ministry of Justice
5.1.viii Announce award of contracts for Prisons Competition Phase 2
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
Ministry of Justice
4.10.i Implement a new criminal offence of squatting in residential buildings, working with other government departments, local authorities, enforcement agencies and local homelessness services

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
1.2.ii Publish the report of the Independent Review of barriers to choice
Cabinet Office
1.5.i Establish a consistent set of cross-government metrics for digital service delivery, and publish the cost per transaction of high value services to enable continuous monitoring and improvement of service
Cabinet Office
1.5.ii Provide a “beta” (prototype) version of a digital first service to allow citizens to register online to vote in elections
Cabinet Office
1.10.i Working in conjunction with the National Fraud Authority, outline the design of a counter-fraud checking service by summer 2012, as the first step towards delivering an Intelligence Sharing Architecture
Cabinet Office
2.2.i Amend Freedom of Information Code of Practice as required by new legislation to extend the “right to data” to public authorities
Cabinet Office
4.3.i Provide up to 30,000 places in the second pilot year of the National Citizen Service
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.3.i Prepare and run a pilot of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions system
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.5.iv Quarterly progress updates on successful projects that have signed final contracts
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.6.ii Deliver the access to finance elements of the Business in You campaign, in particular publicising the Finance Finder tool
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.9.ii Recruit and train 15,000 mentors (5,000 funded by Government Equalities Office) to provide additional mentoring capacity for SMEs
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4.2.i Liberalise European markets for business services by working with EU partners to deliver achieve an ambitious outcome for the European Commission's blueprint to improve trade in the EU (called "Single Market")
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4.2.ii. Make it easier to sell goods and services online in the EU
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4.2.iii Make trade in Europe work better through improving transparency, dispute resolution and enforcement for UK companies selling their products in major EU markets
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.1.i Introduce a Bill to reform the competition framework
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.1.ii Push the EU for a digital single market to overcome barriers to e-commerce and the electronic distribution of goods to Europe, by enhancing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for businesses and their customers
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.4.vi Deliver a Government response to the Graeme Nuttall Review on employee share ownership
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.4.ix Issue the Government response to John Kay’s review of UK equity markets and long term decision making
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.7.i Produce a progress report on consumer empowerment which sets out key achievements and milestones for the year ahead and further develop the evidence base to ensure focus on measures with the greatest likely impact
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.13.i Monitor Departments’ progress in ending gold-plating, including using copy-out, getting right timing, applying review clauses, aligning EU obligations with domestic policy and using alternatives to regulation
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.13.ii Work with EU institutions to embed smart regulation, contributing to Commission report on overall burden reductions and exemption of micro-businesses. Including areas for possible micro-business exemption or lighter regime identified through Red Tape Challenge
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.4.ii First local authorities publish data on their spending on infrastructure via the Community Infrastructure Levy
Department for Communities and Local Government
4.1.iii Bring two land auction pilot sites to the market
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.6.i Scope and analyse the potential impact of transition
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.8.i Lay secondary legislation, detailing how the Digital Economy Act’s provisions to protect copyright material online will work
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.3.ii Work with Arts Council England and other relevant Government departments to publish guidance for library authorities on the principles they should consider when designing and transferring library services into community management
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.8.iv Review effectiveness of Creative Industries Council
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.10.ii Negotiate a revision of the International Telecommunications Regulations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.3.i Procure supplier to install mobile infrastructure
Department for Education
6.4.iii Publish a progress report on the impact of “Positive for Youth” actions such as setting up forums to scrutinise national policy, Youth Contract bidding, and focusing on young people’s health indicators
Department for Education
1.1.ii Convert the worst underperforming primary schools to Academy status
Department for Education
4.3.ii Appoint a Chief Social Worker
Department for Education
6.3.iv Publish proposals for wider reform of the children in care system, including improvements to the fostering system, to support the social work workforce and the quality of commissioning
Department for Education
6.6.ii Take forward the actions from the Bailey review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, including age-rating of music videos (working with DCMS); work with the Advertising and Standards Agency on public space advertising; agreement with magazine publishers, wholesalers and retailers on the display of magazines with sexualised cover images; continue to work with industry at all levels (including retailers and fast-food outlets) to extend 'active choice' protection on all home internet connections (for existing and new customers), mobile devices, desktops, internet TVs, and public wifi networks
Department for Education
6.6.iii Take stock of progress against the recommendations in the Bailey Review and , where insufficient progress has been made, consider taking the most effective action available, including regulating through legislation if there is a good case to do so
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.1.iii Report on progress towards implementing the Macdonald Task Force recommendations
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.3.i Analyse the formal advice on Marine Conservation Zones provided by the statutory nature conservation bodies
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.2.iv Publish the first Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat, setting out the outcomes Government expects to be delivered through economic regulation of the water sector
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.11.ii Complete two rounds of bids and award first grants from the Rural Community Broadband Fund
Department for International Development
2.4.iii Complete participatory assessments with recipients of cash transfers in five countries to provide evidence on cash transfer programme design, implementation and impact
Department for International Development
3.4.ii Provide funding to research consortia to develop two new technologies (drugs and diagnostics) for malaria and neglected tropical diseases
Department for International Development
5.1.iv Launch the Girls Education Challenge, available to the charitable and private sectors, to put up to one million more of the world’s poorest girls in school by 2015
Department for International Development
5.1.v Establish a research and innovation fund to build the evidence and test out new approaches in ten priority countries on the most effective ways of preventing violence against girls and women
Department for Transport
1.2.i Respond to HS2 Ltd’s proposals on design options for Leeds, Manchester and Heathrow routes and stations by publishing the Government’s initial preferred options
Department for Transport
4.1.i Implement measures, including the use of innovative laser scanning equipment, to reduce the congestion and costs associated with motorway closures following incidents
Department for Transport
4.2.ii Develop and publish a national roads strategy for consultation, setting out our long-term vision and goals for our strategic roads
Department for Transport
4.2.iii Carry out a feasibility study into new ownership and financing models for the national road network
Department for Transport
4.4.i Work with the Home Office to support their work to authorise the use of drug screening technology in police stations
Department for Transport
7.1.i Publish a transport strategy
Department for Work and Pensions
5.3.i Run Right to Control pilots
Department for Work and Pensions
6.1.i Put benefit advice and common benefits enquiries online
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.2.i Implement a programme for spending UK climate finance to reduce emissions from deforestation
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.2.ii Work through UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations to make progress towards a global deal on reducing emissions and the provision of climate finance
Department of Health
2.9.iv Support commissioners in understanding the variation of services provided in their areas by annually updated the NHS Atlas of variation
Department of Health
2.10.iii Commission the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement to deliver targeted support of trusts that will benefit from implementation
Department of Health
5.1.ii Develop an implementation plan for the full range of policy proposals set out in the Care and Support White Paper, working across Government and with the wider care and support sector to take forward and deliver the reforms.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.2.ii Support the Afghan Parliament to engage more actively in the political process through exchanges between UK and Afghan MPs and formal capacity building training to increase Parliament’s effectiveness
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.2.i Deliver Ministerial visits to China, Japan, Indonesia, Russia, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria and Realm and Diamond Jubilee visits to the Caribbean and Canada which deliver on UK prosperity objectives
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.5.i Publish a White Paper setting out the Government’s overall approach to the Overseas Territories
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.12.i Engage an independent auditor to give assurance that participating banks are complying with scheme rules
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.14.i Conduct an internal review to examine the role of employee ownership in supporting growth and examine options to remove barriers, including tax barriers, to its wider take up
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.2.i Legislate to implement proposals to establish a Financial Policy Committee (FPC) in the Bank of England; a Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as a subsidiary of the Bank and an independent Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Home Office
1.1.v Ensure an effective transition to Police and Crime Commissioners
Home Office
1.4.ii Make it easier for the public to protect themselves online and when using their mobile technology, working with key industry partners through the Home Office Forum for Innovation in Crime Prevention
Home Office
2.1.i Reduce and consolidate the amount of police national guidance, working with Association of Chief Police Officers
Home Office
2.2.v Phase out the National Policing Improvement Agency and transfer its key services to appropriate organisations, including the incorporation and streamline of forensics and some other former NPIA capabilities into the Home Office
Home Office
3.1.ii Develop a clear, coherent framework governing the use of out of court disposals, working in partnership with Ministry of Justice
Home Office
3.2.i Authorise the use of drug screening technology in police stations, supported by Department for Transport
Home Office
3.2.iii Identify, investigate, prosecute and seize the assets of drug traffickers more effectively by driving forward international collaboration through the European Union and directly building capacity in priority third countries
Home Office
3.2.iv Tackle the trade in illicit drugs, new psychoactive substances and cutting agents and prevent them entering the UK by building capacity in source and transit countries and detection capability within the UK
Home Office
4.4.iii Develop the Smart Zones concept which speeds up the processing of pre-checked low-risk passengers through border control points at specific ports and airports
Home Office
5.4.i Integrate responses to consultation into development of new CCTV Code of Practice
Home Office
5.4.iii Merge Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority and replace with the Disclosure and Barring Service, a single Non-Departmental Public Body, responsible for delivering new disclosure and barring services
Home Office
6.1.i Publish progress report
Ministry of Defence
1.2.iv Exercise the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters (CJTF HQ)
Ministry of Defence
1.2.v Achieve CJEF Initial Verification of Concept (IVOC)
Ministry of Defence
2.1.i Publish the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2012 (to include input from the 3rd Sector in line with the Civil Society Compact)
Ministry of Defence
2.3.i Develop a strategy, reflecting the Civil Society Compact, for working with Charities
Ministry of Justice
1.1.xv Test potential for further payment by results schemes through the phase II prison competition process
Ministry of Justice
1.10.i Publish high level strategic objectives for reducing female offending
Ministry of Justice
2.5.ii First annual data release on the number of Neighbourhood Justice Panels and the volume of cases brought to them
Ministry of Justice
2.6.i Extend or negotiate prisoner transfer agreements and ensure an increased focus on high volume countries is reflected in Ministerial inward and outward visits
Ministry of Justice
2.6.iv Develop and implement plans to improve communications with FNOs eligible for return under existing voluntary mechanisms
Ministry of Justice
2.6.vi Encourage EU Member States to implement promptly the EU Framework Decision on the Transfer of Prisoners
Ministry of Justice
3.1.i Upgrade the Prison to Court Video Link (PCVL) infrastructure to improve its reliability, and ensure that it integrates better with other video technology in courts
Ministry of Justice
3.1.ii Roll out PCVL in a further 47 Crown Court centres
Ministry of Justice
3.1.iii Decommission outdated victim and witness link technology and replace it with new equipment to improve reliability and integration with other video equipment
Ministry of Justice
3.1.iv Upgrade video infrastructure to enable videolink equipment to be used for all purposes, across all sites
Ministry of Justice
3.2.iii Commence testing of delivery options for flexible courts
Ministry of Justice
3.8.iii Conduct a post implementation review of the operational structure
Ministry of Justice
4.3.i Support an independent commission to publish a report on the creation of a UK Bill of Rights