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Business Plans: track progress in implementing our policies

These are the Government’s Business Plans for each department. They set out:

  • Coalition Priorities
  • Key policy and implementation actions for the remainder of this Parliament
  • Expenditure for each remaining year of this Spending Review period
  • Other departmental data, including an organogram, input and impact indicators and a section on Open Data.

You can use this site to track the Government’s progress in implementing the actions set out in the Business Plans. The graphs provide an overview of implementation progress across the full set of actions.

Click on a department to see its Business Plan commitments in full and their current status.

Current status of actions

Actions completed on time

Actions completed last month

Title
Cabinet Office
2.4.ii. Strengthen reporting lines from departmental Commercial Directors/ Heads of Procurement to the Chief Procurement Officer
Cabinet Office
2.6.vi. Establish a recruitment hub to assist departments to acquire high level and specialist digital skills in line with the Government Digital Strategy and the Civil Service Reform Plan
Cabinet Office
2.10.i. Publish the annual report of Lord Browne of Madingley, the Government lead non-executive, on progress on improving governance across Whitehall and on building leadership and management through non-executives and Departmental Boards
Cabinet Office
5.2.i. Support the Big Lottery Fund to complete awards from the Advice Services Transition Fund, the £65m package to help not-for-profit local advice providers across England transform and adapt
Cabinet Office
5.4.i. Hold a G8 event on social investment
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.14.i. Receive first expressions of interest through the investment programme
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.6.iv. Announce deregulatory reforms under Red Tape Challenge Insolvency theme
Department for Communities and Local Government
1.1.i. All 24 Enterprise Zones to have delivery plans in place setting stretching growth ambitions
Department for Communities and Local Government
1.1.iii. Agreement to size and content of single Local Growth Pot as part of the Spending Round
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.1.i. Develop and publish Government’s affordable housing rental policy to 2025 in the Spending Round 2015/16
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.5.i. Publish a list of large housing sites which are successful in meeting the criteria for the Local Infrastructure Fund (subject to due diligence)
Department for Communities and Local Government
3.1.i. Announce new areas which will receive support from the new multi-agency Network to transform local public services
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.5.i. Publish the Government Response to consultation and announce next steps
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.6.i. Lay Statutory Instrument to partially deregulate plays, dance and indoor sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.9.i. Carry out a Go Digital Trial to examine issues of Digital Radio conversion, particularly for older people
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.1.i. Work with DCLG to introduce measures streamlining planning procedures for fixed broadband infrastructure and new overhead lines
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.2.ii. Ensure that plans are in place for all Enterprise Zones to have access to superfast broadband
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.2.iii. Complete three rounds of bids for the Rural Community Broadband Fund with DEFRA
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2.4.i. Complete feasibility assessment of cities’ revised plans, including connection vouchers, wireless and other digital connectivity projects
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.4.ii. Lead World Heritage policy on behalf of the UK and represent UK interests at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting
Department for Education
3.2.i. With HSE and DWP, minimise legislative and insurance barriers to work experience for students and ensure changes are communicated to employers and educational institutions
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.5.ii. Set up a Leadership Council to support delivery of the UK Agri-Tech strategy, with BIS
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.12.v. Secure, with industry, new arrangements for flood insurance beyond 2013
Department for Transport
5.1.i. Appraise options for significant new investment in additional capacity for crossing the Lower Thames, and set out the way forward
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.i. Develop and implement post Work Programme support for Jobseeker's Allowance claimants
Department for Work and Pensions
3.1.i. Introduce New Claims for PIP in a small controlled area and then expand nationally
Department for Work and Pensions
6.2.ii. With Health and Safety Executive and Department for Education, minimise legislative and insurance barriers to work experience for students and ensure changes are communicated to employers and educational institutions
Department for Work and Pensions
6.2.iii. Introduce a binding code of practice for Local Authorities to ensure consistent and proportionate Health and Safety inspections and enforcement activity
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.i. Publish final design proposals for Capacity Markets
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.3.i. Publish a Government response to the call for evidence on community engagement and benefits of onshore wind
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.3.iii. Publish a Government response to the call for evidence on onshore wind costs
Department of Health
2.9.iii. Consult on proposals to strengthen accountability and corporate responsibility for the quality of care
Department of Health
2.14.i. Increase number of centres delivering at 24% from 20 to 32
Department of Health
6.4.ii. Launch Medical Research Council/NIHR Phenome Centre
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.6.iii. Support political transition in Somalia by August 2012; open new Embassy in Mogadishu as conditions allow; and host a follow-up conference to help the new Federal Government of Somalia improve security, justice and public financial management
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.3.ii. Support further enlargement of the EU, and promote stability in the Western Balkans, through introducing the EU Accession Bill (Croatia) into Parliament
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.4.viii. Drive G8 endorsement of the Burmese Government’s commitment to responsible investment in line with the UN Global Compact and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.7.ii. Provide a temporary increase in the Annual Investment Allowance, from £25,000 to £250,000, for two years
Her Majesty's Treasury
1.1.ii. Set out detailed plans for public spending for 2015-16 and support departments to implement spending settlements and keep total spending within published Spending Round totals
Ministry of Justice
2.1.i. Publish the government’s response to the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation, including further detail on plans for changes to probation services and structures, any necessary legislation, procurement activity and making best use of local expertise
Ministry of Justice
2.3.i. Establish an Advisory Board on female offenders in the justice system, chaired by the Minister for women
Ministry of Justice
3.2.iii. Review disposals for knife offences and the simple cautions regime and make recommendations
Ministry of Justice
5.2.iv. Abolish committal hearings for either-way cases
Ministry of Justice
5.2.vii. Test and evaluate a number of different flexible criminal justice system models to establish if they are better able to respond to the needs of the public, and particularly victims and witnesses, based on the success of ‘swift justice’ after the 2011 summer riots
Ministry of Justice
6.1.i. Consult on proposals for legal aid transformation to include crime competition, criminal fee changes, civil fee changes, improving credibility

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
2.7.i. Publish an action plan to deliver the aspiration that, by the end of this Parliament, at least half of all new appointees to the boards of public bodies are women
Cabinet Office
2.9.ii. Publish a one-year on report on progress against the Civil Service Reform Plan, including next steps to deliver the Civil Service Reform agenda
Cabinet Office
2.9.iv. Review the guidance on civil servants giving evidence to Select Committees (Osmotherly rules) as part of wider work to sharpen accountability
Cabinet Office
2.11.i. Secure a place in the third legislative session for a Deregulation Bill and prepare the draft Bill to be published for pre-legislative scrutiny
Cabinet Office
3.1.i. Secure a G8 Open Data charter
Cabinet Office
4.4.i. Pursue detailed agreement on limiting donations and reforming party funding
Cabinet Office
4.4.iii. Introduce legislation that provides for a statutory register for lobbyists
Cabinet Office
5.3.i. Launch a new independent management body (IMB) to give the National Citizen Service independent leadership, profile and sector support
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2.4.i. Identify qualifications that are little-used by individuals and employers, and announce that state funding will no longer be available
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.4.iv. Set out detailed policy and vision for local growth post 2015, including the size and content of single local growth fund as part of the Spending Review
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.10.i. Tender and announce successful bidder for the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.1.v. Reducing vexatious employment litigation by introducing fairer rules for Employment Tribunals and reforming the operation of Employment Tribunals as proposed by Mr Justice Underhill
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.6.v. Announce deregulatory reforms under Red Tape Challenge Business Services theme
Department for Communities and Local Government
1.5.iv. Publish a consultation on further flexibilities between use classes (agricultural and retail to residential) to promote high street revival and to help get empty buildings back into use
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.6.i. Consult on guidance to ensure local authorities adopt residency criteria for social housing with consultation closed in July
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.8.i. Publish consultation on the outcome of Local Housing Standards Review, so as to simplify the framework of building regulations and local housing standards, to reduce significantly red tape imposed on developers
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.11.i. Sign first contract with a developer under the Build to Rent fund
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.7.i. Set out planned changes to the communications framework
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.8.i. Take forward Leveson report proposals on plurality in media ownership
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4.3.iii. Invest to help turn the Olympic park into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.3.ii. Complete the review of the public sector Equality Duty
Department for Education
3.1.ii. Publish data that shows parents how coasting schools perform compared to schools with a similar intake
Department for Education
4.1.iv. Provide an additional 1000 funded SEN co-ordinator training places to enable newly appointed SEN co-ordinators in mainstream schools and PRUs to access the masters-level national award
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.3.ii. Publish an update on progress towards delivering the Biodiversity 2020 strategy
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.9.ix. Launch a further two Red Tape Challenge themes and then implement reforms to scrap or improve regulations during this Parliament where possible
Department for International Development
6.1.v. Implement projects and programmes in six countries to help at least one million people cope with the effects of climate change
Department for Transport
2.1.ii. Consult on draft Environmental Statement
Department for Transport
2.2.i. Develop, and undertake informal consultation on, route and stations options for Leeds and Manchester
Department for Transport
3.1.i. 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
3.2.i. Develop and publish the Government’s response to the Brown Review and the Transport Select Committee’s “Rail 2020” recommendations on rail franchising
Department for Transport
5.4.i. Introduce a fixed penalty offence for careless driving
Department for Transport
5.5.i. Publish a government strategy on ultra low emission vehicles, updating the current approach to infrastructure, including a set of actions for overcoming barriers to using plug-in vehicles within the electricity network
Department for Transport
6.2.i. Introduce a new economic regulatory regime for airports, putting promotion of better outcomes for passengers at the heart of the system
Department for Transport
8.5.i. Divest DfT Shared Services to new provider, upon completion become first Independent Shared Service Centre (ISSC1)
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.ii. Publish draft Electricity Market Delivery Plan, including draft renewable Contracts for Difference strike prices for consultation
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.iv. Publish Contracts for Difference contract terms
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.v. Publish profile for the Levy Control Framework
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.2.i. Bring forward proposals on community benefits for shale gas projects
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.3.iv. Publish an offshore wind sector strategy to support supply chain development and work with UKTI and BIS to monitor delivery
Department of Health
1.2.ii. Introduce rotavirus immunisation into children’s immunisation programme
Department of Health
2.3.ii. Update and extend nationally the powers to make direct payments in healthcare
Department of Health
2.15.i. Outline business cases submitted by Trusts
Department of Health
5.1.iv. Undertake a scoping and feasibility study to help inform the evaluation planning process for drug recovery prison wings, working with the Ministry of Justice and NHS England
Department of Health
6.4.iv. Publish clinical trial information against 70 Day Benchmark for trial initiation
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.9.iv. Further increase investment in the regions through the Regional Growth Fund
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.11.ii. Undertake an assessment of Whitehall’s ability to deliver major infrastructure projects and develop Individual Capacity Plans with other departments
Home Office
2.3.vii. Evaluate the Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Domestic Violence Protection Notices pilots
Home Office
3.3.v. Implement transitional controls on Croatian nationals seeking work in the UK, following Croatia’s accession to the EU
Home Office
4.3.ii. Develop capability to undertake semi-automated pre-departure (no fly) checks, as an enhancement of e-Borders
Ministry of Defence
1.2.i. Deliver A400M Steering Committee annual review
Ministry of Defence
1.5.i. Deliver Tranche 2 of the plan to reduce the number of Royal Navy personnel by around 5,000
Ministry of Defence
1.6.i. Deliver Tranche 2 of the plan to reduce the number of Regular Army personnel by around 20,000
Ministry of Defence
1.7.i. Deliver Tranche 2 of the plan to reduce the number of RAF personnel by around 5,000
Ministry of Defence
2.7.i. Publish AFCAS13
Ministry of Defence
3.1.ii. Under the Materiel Strategy, issue an Invitation to Negotiate to identify and implement proposed future Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Organisation Design
Ministry of Defence
3.2.i. Implement Holding to Account regime in order to enable delegation under the new Defence operating model
Ministry of Defence
4.3.x. Include a report on progress in mainstreaming sustainable development throughout the Department’s operations, procurement and policy in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts
Ministry of Justice
2.2.i. Undertake a feasibility study inform the evaluation planning process for drug recovery wings, working with the Department of Health
Ministry of Justice
3.1.v. Review the feasibility of building a major new prison capable of holding around 2,000 prisoners, to be located in London, the North West or North Wales
Ministry of Justice
4.1.i. Publish the Government response to the Transforming Youth Custody consultation
Ministry of Justice
5.1.iii. Evaluate the effectiveness of a range of alternative models for the future collection of criminal fines, compliance and enforcement services
Ministry of Justice
5.2.i. Publish strategy and action plan on criminal justice reform
Ministry of Justice
7.1.iv. Consult on the proposals in Lord Justice Leveson’s report relating to data protection and the role of the Information Commissioner’s office