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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
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
1.5.ii Support the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to develop a specification for and establish an Open Data Institute
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.7.i Establish a network of IP Attachés in FCO posts in key economies to promote UK business interests, policy interests and provide a focal point for supporting UK businesses with IP related issues
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
3.6.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
3.9.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
5.3.iii Consult on measures to improve employer confidence with managing staff performance
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.6.i Data Strategy Board established
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.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 Education
1.1.ii Convert the worst underperforming primary schools to Academy status
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
1.4.i Publish the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England’s guiding principles
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
3.3.i Publish, with Cabinet Office, the first annual report on the Government’s performance and transparency against the Greening Government Commitments
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
3.4.iv Co-host conference on new technology and development to highlight future priorities and challenges for scaling-up use of new technologies
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
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
4.4.i Work with the Home Office to support their work to authorise the use of drug screening technology in police stations
Department for Transport
7.3.i Develop and publish a Disability Action Plan for improving the customer experience of the disabled passenger, as part of the Government’s wider Disability Strategy
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
1.7.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
5.3.i Run Right to Control pilots
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
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.9.i The Independent Pay Review Bodies will report from July 2012 on how public sector pay can be made more responsive to local labour markets
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
2.14.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
3.2.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.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
Ministry of Defence
1.2.iv Exercise the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters (CJTF HQ)
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
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.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
3.2.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

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.1.i Develop and implement strategies for key sectors to maximise new business opportunities and growth in manufacturing and services
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.10.ii Deliver a sustained campaign (the Business in You) over 2012 to inspire confidence in people to start business and grow established firms, working alongside No10, Start Up Britain and other private sector partners
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.1.vii Local councils reporting on compliance with the duty to cooperate in Authority Monitoring Reports
Department for Education
1.3.v Evaluate the first year of operation of the Summer Schools programme for disadvantaged pupils
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.2.ii Publish the Government’s response to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s recommendations
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.7.i Negotiate and agree with Thames Water the delivery route for the Thames Tunnel, including the financing structure and procurement strategy
Department for International Development
2.2.i Implement the recommendations of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact anti-corruption report, including by producing due diligence guidance to explicitly cover engagement at the country level with multilateral and other partners, and ensuring anti-corruption strategies are in place for all DFID country programmes
Department for Transport
3.1.vi Announce programme for Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) devolution to (i) local transport authorities relating to socially necessary local services outside London and; (ii) authorities to be designated as Better Bus Areas
Ministry of Defence
1.6.xii Publish, with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the Army Rebasing Plan
Ministry of Justice
4.5.ii Commence provisions extending the Act, legislated for through the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Ministry of Justice
4.5.iv Commence introduction of the ‘20 year rule’ and reduction in the lifespan of Freedom of Information Act exemptions
Ministry of Justice
5.1.vi Announce award of contracts for Electronic Monitoring services