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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
5.1.v Roll out the Social Mobility Business Compact to a greater range and number of companies and work with them to spread best practice and enhance the effectiveness of their activities to promote social mobility
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.5.i Implement operational network of Catapult technology and innovation centres in Cell Therapies, the Connected Digital Economy, Future Cities, High Value Manufacturing, Offshore Renewable Energy, Satellite Applications and Transport Systems
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2.1.v Identify and implement ways to make apprenticeships more accessible to SMEs (including reducing bureaucracy and speedier recruitment processes), working with DfE
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2.5.ii Evaluate effectiveness of first phase of pilot and launch second phase, subject to successful first phase
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.3.i Take forward reforms to dispute resolution and the employment tribunal system and extend the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one to two years
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.8.i Implement consumer landscape reforms through transferring consumer advice, information and advocacy functions to consumer bodies and the transfer of further enforcement functions to Trading Standards
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.8.ii Bring forward proposals for a comprehensive programme of consumer law reform, including a Consumer Bill of Rights, to implement the Consumer Rights Directive and to simplify more than 12 pieces of existing consumer legislation
Department for Communities and Local Government
3.2.iv Develop publicly available data on local economic area performance, working with the Local Enterprise Partnership Network and local enterprise partnerships
Department for Communities and Local Government
5.3.ii Review planning appeals process (including 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 Culture, Media and Sport
2.4.i Agree Payment by Result methodology to be used by Sport England in negotiation of 46 new Whole Sports Plans focussing on 14-25 year olds
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.4.ii Work with Sport England to publish implementation plan for Youth Sport Strategy including details of open access community fund
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.4.iii Develop revised measurement methodology for Whole Sports Plans and other elements of the strategy including setting baselines from 2013.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.4.i Abolish the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and transfer essential functions to another body
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
6.2.iii Improve support for disabled people who wish to stand for elected office, working with political parties and disability organisations
Department for Education
6.4.ii Assume responsibility for National Citizen Service
Department for Education
1.1.i Identify and match new sponsors for underperforming schools that will convert in 2013/14
Department for Education
1.5.ii Pupil Referral Units have autonomy to recruit high calibre staff and manage their own budgets more effectively
Department for Education
2.4.iii Roll-out the new employer incentives scheme for small employers taking on new young apprentices, working with BIS
Department for Education
2.4.iv Identify and implement ways to make apprenticeships more accessible to Small and Medium Enterprises (including reducing bureaucracy and speedier recruitment processes), working with BIS
Department for Education
3.2.ii Put in place a new single inspection framework for children in care, adoption and fostering services, in line with the priorities for government reform
Department for Education
6.3.i Deliver local programmes of evidence-based interventions for children in care or on the edge of care or custody and their families in 23 areas, and extend existing programmes in 14 further areas
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.1.ii Report on progress in implementing the outcomes of the Governance Review of National Parks Authorities
Department for International Development
2.1.iv Ensure all country operational plans include a human rights assessment
Department for International Development
3.4.v Launch a new mechanism to enable poor people to use mobile phones and the internet to access services and hold governments to account
Department for Transport
1.1.i Undertake environmental impact assessment and draft Environmental Statement
Department for Transport
4.2.i Enhance the Highway’s Agency’s (HA) performance as an executive agency through the introduction of a performance specification, development of route-based strategies and exploration of a more flexible funding mechanism
Department for Work and Pensions
1.1.iv Launch pathfinder in advance of national roll-out
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
1.4.ii Introduce Personal Independence Payments for new claims
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.ii Plan for the benefit cap’s implementation from April 2013, working with local authorities
Department for Work and Pensions
1.6.ii Introduce new benefit fraud and error penalties ready for operational use across DWP and available for local authorities
Department for Work and Pensions
1.6.iii Introduce the new Single Fraud Investigation Service
Department for Work and Pensions
1.6.iv Introduce the new Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service
Department for Work and Pensions
3.1.i Report on progress made in delivering Social Justice since publication of Social Justice: transforming lives
Department for Work and Pensions
3.6.i Implement move to local provision to replace Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for general living expenses
Department for Work and Pensions
3.6.ii Implement reforms to the remaining part of the Social Fund
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.2.iv Allow, with the Department for Communities and Local Government, communities that host renewable energy projects to keep the additional business rates they generate
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.2.vii Implement new Renewables Obligation bands (except for offshore wind)
Department of Health
1.5.ii Enable the first local HealthWatch to be set up
Department of Health
1.9.i Develop, pilot and introduce a programme of patient led inspections which cover privacy and dignity, food and cleanliness in hospitals providing NHS funded care
Department of Health
2.1.ii Implement NHS Outcomes Framework
Department of Health
2.2.i Continue to extend the coverage of Payment by Results (PbR) into areas such as mental health, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, ambulance services and some community services
Department of Health
2.5.i Establish NICE on a firmer statutory basis
Department of Health
2.8.xiv Support and promote joint working at a local level by criminal justice agencies, emerging health and wellbeing boards and other relevant local structures, working with Home Office
Department of Health
2.9.i Work with the Strategic Health Authorities Clusters to ensure good local-level NHS plans for the delivery of QIPP up to financial year ending 2014/15, with clearly articulated transformational endstates and milestones towards their achievement
Department of Health
2.9.ii Assure SHA Cluster planning
Department of Health
2.9.v From April 2012 collection of NHS Safety thermometer data will be part of a national CQUIN which will be applicable to all patients in NHS funded care (unless exceptions apply) to incentivise the NHS to focus on delivery of safe, efficient care
Department of Health
2.10.vi Make a step change in how providers of NHS services collect patient feedback and act on it to improve services; in particular, implement a friends and family test to cover acute inpatient services
Department of Health
3.1.i Complete the abolition of strategic health authorities
Department of Health
3.1.ii Fully establish NHS Commissioning Board
Department of Health
3.2.i All GP practices to be part of either a fully authorised or a 'shadow' clinical commissioning group
Department of Health
3.4.ii Abolish primary care trusts once the NHS Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups are in place
Department of Health
3.5.i Monitor’s licensing regime operational
Department of Health
3.7.i Complete continuity of NHS services framework for Foundation Trusts
Department of Health
4.1.i Establish Public Health England
Department of Health
4.2.iii Allocate local public health budget to local authorities
Department of Health
4.5.i Support the Home Office to prepare and consult on the level of minimum unit price, a ban on multi-buy promotions and further action on licensing powers
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.3.ii Negotiate a robust, Arms Trade Treaty at the UN on behalf of UK (other government departments, Industry, non-governmental organisations)
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
1.4.i Implement a campaign to align employer and HMRC data to support a smooth pilot and implement RTI data
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
3.3.iv Support and promote joint working at a local level by criminal justice agencies, emerging health and wellbeing boards and other relevant local structures
Home Office
3.4.i Support the Ministry of Justice in ongoing work to streamline and reform the Criminal Justice System to deliver a more efficient and effective system, working with professionals across the system in particular ensuring the contribution the police can make is an integral part of this
Home Office
4.5.i Include provision to remove full appeal rights for family visit visas in the second session Crime and Courts Bill
Home Office
5.1.i Support the passage of the Justice and Security Bill in the second session, working with Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office
Ministry of Defence
3.2.i Achieve Joint Forces’ Command (JCF) Full Operating Capability (FOC)
Ministry of Defence
3.2.ii Implement New Head Office structure
Ministry of Justice
1.6.i Develop a scheme to generate reparation and rehabilitation funds through work in prisons
Ministry of Justice
1.8.i Design arrangements to recover the costs of remanding young people to secure accommodation from local authorities
Ministry of Justice
1.8.iii Publish plans for the long term future of the youth secure estate
Ministry of Justice
2.2.iii Introduce legislation
Ministry of Justice
2.3.i Develop guidance around new provisions and Rehabilitation of Offenders Act regime more widely so that people, including employers, are clear as to when convictions may be concealed and when they must be disclosed
Ministry of Justice
2.6.iii Improve standards in prisons in high volume FNO countries by using government funding to improve our ability to return time-serving prisoners
Ministry of Justice
3.4.i Develop and implement secondary legislation to enact relevant provision of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill
Ministry of Justice
3.3.iii Consult on new sanctions to tackle serious economic crime committed by companies, develop final policy proposals and introduce second session legislation
Ministry of Justice
3.12.i Increase small claims track limit to £10,000 and implement reform to orders for sale and charging orders
Ministry of Justice
3.13.i Implement reforms for civil litigation funding and costs as set out in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, including banning referral fees in personal injury cases
Ministry of Justice
3.14.ii Review fixed recoverable costs available within the procedure, and implement reforms
Ministry of Justice
3.15.iii Identify a comprehensive set of principles to fee setting and the system of remissions (a subsidy provided to those who are unable to pay court fees) for the new organisation
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
3.4.ii Develop revised guidance for legal aid practitioners
Ministry of Justice
3.12.ii Legislate to establish a single county court, in the second session of Parliament
Ministry of Justice
3.15.iv Support the passage of legislation to introduce a data sharing clause with DWP and HMRC, for introduction in the second session of Parliament
Ministry of Justice
3.15.vi Introduce direct lodgement to the Social Security and Child Support tribunal
Ministry of Justice
4.1.i Legislate to enable court broadcasting in criminal proceedings, in the second session of Parliament
Ministry of Justice
4.2.i Legislate to reform judicial appointments to improve diversity, for introduction in the second session of Parliament
Ministry of Justice
4.6.i Legislate through a Defamation Bill in the second session of Parliament
Ministry of Justice
4.8.i Introduce legislation
Ministry of Justice
4.7.ii Support the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as necessary, to deliver a focused package of growth related repeals as part of their second session Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
3.4.ii Establish House Business Committee by third year of Parliament
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.15.ii Release first annual data on the funds in and size of investments made by the Green investment Bank
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.11.iii Review of British Film Institute performance against Film Policy Review recommendations one year on
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.2.i Through the Places People Play initiative, upgrade 1000 local sports clubs/facilities
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.2.ii Recruit 40,000 sports leaders to organise and lead community sport
Department for International Development
5.1.i Work in partnership with the Nike Foundation to bring private sector expertise into DFID’s strategy on gender equality, and stimulate innovative approaches to empowering adolescent girls
Department for Transport
2.1.iv Review rail fares and ticketing to explore options for: introducing new ticket types; rolling out smart ticketing; spreading demand more evenly and efficiently; and addressing passengers’ concerns about complexity; and report on progress
Department for Transport
4.4.iii Introduce legislation for a new drug driving offence with the Home Office and take it to Royal Assent
Department for Transport
4.5.ii Update the nationwide strategy to promote the installation of plug-in vehicle infrastructure, including a set of priority actions for overcoming barriers to using plug-in vehicles within the electricity network
Department for Transport
4.6.i Complete the introduction of the ten year trial of 1800 longer semi-trailers, and produce first annual review of these vehicles’ contribution to reducing carbon emissions
Department for Work and Pensions
1.6.i Develop and test a new fraud risk assessment capability ready for testing in the Universal Credit pathfinder environment
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.2.ii Award licence for central body to manage smart meter communications and data
Department of Energy and Climate Change
1.2.iii Establish process to award competitively procured contracts for centrally provided smart meter communications and data services
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.6.v Deliver a programme of engagement with political parties and civil society, supplemented by frequent Ministerial visits to support a credible and stable democratic transition in Pakistan in the spring 2013 elections
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.7.i Work with the Bank of England through the Consumer Prices Advisory Committee to help deliver a published measure of CPI including housing costs for early 2013
Home Office
2.5.v Introduce secondary legislation on locally set licensing fees
Home Office
2.5.vi Review the Mandatory Code for Alcohol
Home Office
3.2.ii Introduce legislation for a new drug driving offence and take it to Royal Assent, working with Department for Transport
Ministry of Justice
2.3.ii Commence Bill provisions
Ministry of Justice
4.7.i Lead on a review of existing legislation, supported by other government departments, to identify unnecessary laws and options for repeal