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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
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.13.i Establish and manage arrangements for the effective and efficient operation of the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.4.x Develop an action plan with Home Office to support business efforts to increase the number of women on Boards, continuing to implement Lord Davies recommendations and publishing annual progress reviews with the Review steering group
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.3.i Publish proposals to simplify the information required to support planning applications, particularly at the outline stage (including consultation)
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.5.i Reviewing the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency, including a review of local government assets, and considering what further transparency requirements may be needed including whether compliance with the Code should be a legal requirement
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.7.iii Sell the Fire Service College as a going concern
Department for Communities and Local Government
4.5.ii Publish New Scheme for Single Housing Ombudsman
Department for Education
1.3.ii Evaluate initial findings from first year of operation of pupil premium
Department for Education
5.1.iii Procure an Early Intervention Foundation to promote better use of evidence based programmes and approaches
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.10.i Consult on a new customer-focused overarching guidance manual to provide clear advice on key legal terms in the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives
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
Department for Work and Pensions
6.3.i Streamline our process by moving to a two-tier, telephony-based model to improve the quality of complaint resolution and customer satisfaction
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.6.i Publish, with the nine other nations in the North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid Initiative, an assessment of possible costs and benefits of coordinated international development of offshore grids in the North Seas and proposals for tackling regulatory, legal, planning and technical barriers to such investment
Home Office
5.4.i Integrate responses to consultation into development of new CCTV Code of Practice

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
1.2.iii Publish the Government response to the Independent Review’s recommendations
Cabinet Office
1.2.iv Publish proposals to extend payment by results into new public service areas
Cabinet Office
1.3.ii Implement and operate the Government’s SMEs programme, working with other Government Departments to deliver on the aim that 25% of contract value is awarded to SMEs
Cabinet Office
1.3.iii Deliver all but the most complex procurements within 120 working days, working with other government departments
Cabinet Office
1.7.i Complete over 90% of all non-statutory abolitions
Cabinet Office
1.9.i Lead the cross-Government Red Tape Challenge, with BIS, by working with other government departments to bring forward and then implement ambitious plans to reduce (by scrapping regulations) and reform (by reducing associated regulatory burden) the stock of regulations on the statute book
Cabinet Office
3.8.iii Publish a White Paper and draft legislation on establishing a statutory register for lobbyists
Cabinet Office
4.1.i 800 community organisers (including 260 senior community organisers) trained
Cabinet Office
4.3.ii Establish plans for an independent body to manage the National Citizen Service
Cabinet Office
1.10.ii Establish a delivery pipeline which ensures all government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies will undertake a “spend-recovery” audit on their accounts payable system by December 2013
Cabinet Office
1.10.iii Establish pilots enabling departments who administer benefits, grants and other application-based processes to screen applications before payment, shifting the culture towards a ‘check first, then pay’ approach by March 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.3.i Publish package and guidance
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.8.i Introduce new system enabling small companies to hire employees, pay tax and fulfil other regulatory obligations in one simple internet portal
Department for Communities and Local Government
1.1.vi Consult upon detailed and technical issues and introduce secondary legislation to bring into effect business rates retention and Tax Increment Financing
Department for Communities and Local Government
4.5.i Make Commencement Order for Single Housing Ombudsman
Department for Communities and Local Government
4.8.i Set out the Department’s contribution to the National Adaptation Programme
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.3.iii Work with LOCOG and the Cultural Olympiad Board to deliver a successful and engaging cultural programme, including 10 million opportunities to see 1,000 performances and events through the London 2012 Festival, and evaluation.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.1.ii Reform Visit England to facilitate increased industry expertise on its board
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.1.iii Restructure Visit Britain to ensure better targeting of high-value and emerging tourism markets, and to achieve significant reductions in its administration costs
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.3.i Publish a White Paper setting out new proposed framework for communications industries (to include any measures taken forward in response to Leveson inquiry)
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.8.iii Develop industry-led approaches to tackle online copyright infringement with search engines, payment companies and online advertisers
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
6.1.iv Develop action plan with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to support business efforts to increase the number of women on Boards, continuing to implement Lord Davies recommendations and publishing annual progress reviews with the Review steering group
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
6.2.iv Publish a progress report on the Government’s campaign to tackle negative body image to inform policy and share good practice with industry
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
6.3.i Implement the Equalities Red Tape Challenge package by repealing unnecessary legislation and supporting small businesses on equality and anti-discrimination
Department for Education
5.1.i Implement Sure Start reform programme through streamlined and revised statutory guidance, and reformed inspection framework, based on new core purpose of children’s centres
Department for Education
6.1.i Test the proposals in the SEN Green Paper through local pathfinders (single assessment, access to specialist expertise and engagement of children, young people and their parents and families, improve choice and control through the use of personal budgets and direct payments)
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.3.ii Publish plans for a streamlined framework of advice, incentives and voluntary initiatives to enable farmers and land managers to be more competitive and yield better environmental outcomes
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.3.ii Consult on Marine Conservation Zones proposals
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.6.iii Lay UK regulation to make it a criminal offence to allow illegal timber to enter the EU market for the first time
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.7.ii Run 25 catchment management pilots with local communities to plan integrated actions to improve local water quality
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.5.ii Publish the report of the Ecosystems Markets Task Force on opportunities for UK business from expanding the trade in green goods and ecosystem services
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.9.ii Publish plans to reform and simplify the system of altering public rights of way within the planning framework
Department for International Development
2.4.iv Implement beneficiary feedback mechanisms in at least three partner countries
Department for International Development
3.1.i Introduce performance-based funding for the Private Infrastructure Development Group
Department for International Development
4.2.ii Support the development outcomes of the 2012 London Conference on Somalia, including through the establishment of a Joint Financial Management Board and a Stability Fund
Department for International Development
4.2.iv Complete review on the future of the Stabilisation Unit and agree Whitehall response to recommendations
Department for International Development
4.4.ii Build disaster resilience in at least eight DFID country programmes as recommended in the Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review (HERR), including publishing work on earthquake preparedness in Nepal
Department for International Development
6.1.iii Launch a public-private partnership programme to enhance developing countries' access to private finance and instigate private investment in low carbon infrastructure
Department for Transport
1.2.ii Develop, and undertake informal consultation on, route and stations options for Leeds, Manchester and Heathrow
Department for Transport
4.5.i Complete the Plugged in Places infrastructure programme, helping to deliver plug-in vehicle charge points and build a sustainable market for plug-in infrastructure across the UK
Department for Transport
5.1.iii Adopt sustainable aviation framework
Department for Transport
6.2.i Award long-term contract
Department for Transport
7.3.iii Report on the first year of operation of the new Blue Badge Improvement Service, and improvements in efficiency and reduction in fraud
Department for Work and Pensions
3.1.i Report on progress made in delivering Social Justice since publication of Social Justice: transforming lives
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.1.viii Release data showing number of energy efficient installations under the Green Deal
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.3.v Deliver 65,000 to 80,000 heating and insulation measures to low-income and vulnerable households between 2011 and 2013 through the Warm Front scheme
Department of Health
2.3.iv Provide 12 month progress report to the Prime Minister on the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia
Department of Health
2.7.i Increase access to NICE recommended psychological therapies for depression and anxiety to meet a minimum of 10% of need amongst the adult population
Department of Health
2.8.vi Submit business case and impact assessment for youth and adult diversion services for ministerial approval
Department of Health
2.10.ii Promote the use of the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement Productive Series: Releasing time to care programme
Department of Health
2.10.iv Mobilise adoption and spread of nursing rounds
Department of Health
2.10.v Mobilise participation of the nursing profession in the Cabinet Office’s Tell Us How campaign
Department of Health
3.8.i Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts are required to ensure no deficit is incurred in 2012/13
Department of Health
3.8.ii PCTs clear any legacy debt carried into 2012/13
Department of Health
3.8.iii Manage financial performance reporting
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
3.2.ii Improve crisis planning and preparedness, open new Crisis Management Centre and deliver improved crisis IT
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.2.iv Hold annual PM/Presidential level meetings and broader ministerial engagement to continue a strong, close and frank relationship with the US
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.5.ii Working with other departments, substantially increase enforced returns of Foreign National Offenders and Failed Asylum Seekers to priority countries
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.4.iii Support efforts to secure a two-state solution to the Middle East Peace Process, using 10 inward and outward ministerial and senior official visits and £ 3.5m programme spending. Continue to press for an end to illegal Israeli settlement construction in co-ordination with key partners
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.5.ii Implement the systemic reforms in the Turks and Caicos Islands (completing legislative, administrative and regulatory changes) to enable a return to democratically elected government
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
1.1.i. Launch an additional 20 taskforces each year focusing on rule breakers
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
1.1.iii Collect additional revenues of £4bn by April 2013; on the way to £7bn additional revenues per year by 2014-2015
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
1.1.vi Run four campaigns each year to provide opportunities for tax payers to voluntarily put their tax affairs in order
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
1.2.i Reduce Tax Credit error and fraud by £1.9bn by April 2013
Her Majesty's Treasury
1.3.ii Introduce a Bill to implement the public service pension reforms
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.10.vii Support BIS in piloting the best way to introduce a programme of enterprise loans to help young people set up and grow their own businesses
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.4.i Legislate to enable financial mutuals greater flexibility to develop and expand by commencing the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2010
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.4.ii Assess whether changes are required to update building societies legislation
Home Office
1.3.i Enable Partnerships to identify and disseminate effective practice and develop local peer support networks led by agencies best placed to identify and address the needs of their communities, working with national organisations, local government, local Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships
Home Office
1.3.ii Fund innovative community safety initiatives to develop new approaches and support capacity building for civil society organisations to improve links between communities, civil society organisations and public sector agencies
Home Office
1.3.iii Encourage an increase in police and community safety volunteering, working with Association of Chief Police Officers to build community capacity and engagement with Police and Crime Commissioners, police and other community safety partners
Home Office
2.2.iii Publish an update on the organised crime strategy
Home Office
2.3.iii Work with national policing partners to support the police to make savings including through national procurement as part of an agreed programme to drive value for money
Home Office
4.4.v Develop proposals for an enhanced freight targeting system
Home Office
4.5.v Strengthen active management of non-asylum cases to build compliance, including through clear communications with the illegal population, and voluntary returns
Home Office
4.5.ix Improve our ability to follow up allegations by improving guidance for staff and the public and by using technology to better gather and manage information, including tracking allegations from receipt to any subsequent enforcement action
Home Office
4.6.iii Ensure 80 per cent of visa application payments are made online
Home Office
5.4.iv Create a universally portable criminal records bureau check, through a new instant online check
Home Office
6.2.ii Develop capability to undertake semi-automated pre-departure (no fly) checks, as an enhancement of e-Borders
Ministry of Defence
1.1.i Deliver annual review of US / UK Trade Co-operation Treaty
Ministry of Defence
1.7.vi Achieve 4th Typhoon squadron Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to accelerate Typhoon Force growth and increase multi-role capability
Ministry of Defence
3.1.ii Identify and implement Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Interim Structure to support the transformation of acquisition and support
Ministry of Defence
3.2.vi Implement new financial model
Ministry of Justice
1.5.ii Submit business case and impact assessment for youth and adult diversion services for ministerial approval
Ministry of Justice
3.2.iv Review initial test results and identify next steps for flexible courts
Ministry of Justice
3.2.ii Informed by the White Paper, develop and scope further areas of CJS Reform to inform the next phase of the Transforming Justice Programme
Ministry of Justice
3.9.i Create a national standard way of working for all enforcement functions so that accounts are managed in the same way across each enforcement team
Ministry of Justice
4.3.ii Respond to the Bill of Rights Commission Report