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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
2.6.ii. Launch a new agile commissioning framework to create a more diverse IT and digital market through disaggregation, increased competition and making it easier for the best suppliers to bid
Cabinet Office
2.13.v. Establish a network for management information professionals
Cabinet Office
3.2.ii. Increase the number of datasets available via data.gov.uk by 20%
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.1.i. Develop the Research Excellence Framework submissions system and open it to responses by institutions
Department for Communities and Local Government
3.3.ii. Troubled Families evaluation – publish interim report
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.12.ii. Conduct the triennial Review of stakes and prizes for gaming machines (including Fixed Odds Betting Terminals)
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.1.iii. Extend the Think Act Report initiative on gender equality to cover 20% of those working for medium and large organisations (over 150 employees), and work with participating organisations to encourage progress on gender equality
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.1.i. Designate first set of new Marine Conservation Zones
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.9.ii. Consult online on proposals to make nature conservation guidance simpler, clearer and easier to find, as a pilot for wider guidance simplification
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.9.vi. Introduce regulations in line with Health and Safety guidance to allow the continued sale of second-hand articles containing asbestos
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.1.ii. Implement a carefully managed and science-led policy of badger control in two pilot areas of high and persistent levels of bTB
Department for International Development
3.1.iii. Support a greater number of DFID partner countries to join the Open Government Partnership during the UK co-chair tenure
Department for International Development
3.2.ii. Ensure all Governance Adviser and key finance posts are certified to the level required on the anti-corruption and counter-fraud accreditation framework
Department for Transport
2.1.iii. Take Paving Bill through Parliament
Department for Transport
2.1.v. Publish final Environmental Statement
Department for Transport
4.1.vii. Implement the actions in the September 2011 report ‘Green Light for Light Rail’, to deliver significant reductions in the capital investment cost of light rail systems in future, and report on progress, working with UK Tram
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.iv. Develop and implement pilots which test the effectiveness of health related support for the Employment Support Allowance work related activity group in delivering improved employment outcomes
Department for Work and Pensions
3.4.i. Establish a national network of DPULOs
Department for Work and Pensions
4.3.iv. Evaluate the Workplace Pensions Reform against the published evaluation strategy and publish the first evaluation report
Department for Work and Pensions
5.1.i. Open the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme to all applications
Department for Work and Pensions
5.1.ii. Introduce an application gateway to the statutory child maintenance scheme
Department of Health
2.10.i. Engage with partners to coordinate and publish a more detailed response to the Francis report recommendations
Department of Health
3.5.iii. Respond to the NHS Confederation’s review of bureaucracy
Department of Health
5.1.v. Explore alternative forms of treatment based accommodation for drug dependent and mentally ill offenders, working with NHS England, Public Health England, and other Government Departments including the Ministry of Justice by running substance misuse pilots and mental health pilots
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.5.i. Take forward the commitments in the communiqué agreed with Territory leaders at the Dec 2012 Joint Ministerial Council
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.6.ii. Measure progress towards delivering Conflict Pool programme objectives, in parallel to reviewing resource requirements for FY 2014/15
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.6.ii. Oversee successful divestment of Lloyds ‘Verde’ bank branches as part of the State Aid commitment and, if extensions are needed, ensure these are properly negotiated with the European Commission
Home Office
2.1.iii. Make police.uk website more interactive and accessible
Home Office
2.7.iv. Implement proof of concept pilot to test sobriety for a range of alcohol-related crimes
Home Office
3.7.i. Redesign operational commands, support services and governance to improve performance and ensure cohesion of the immigration system
Ministry of Defence
2.6.i. Ensure recruitment policies guarantee that eligible recruits from any background or ethnicity are equally able to enter the Armed Forces and encourage them to do so; and publish biannually (in May and November) the Armed Forces’ Diversity Dashboard
Ministry of Justice
5.3.ii. Implement a revised Victims' Code, following a public consultation, to give clearer entitlements to victims of crime

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
2.4.i. Transfer all common goods and services spend to centralised arrangements
Cabinet Office
2.6.iv. Publish a “one year on” report on the progress of the digital strategies including an approach to assisted digital
Cabinet Office
2.11.ii. Lead, with BIS, the Red Tape Challenge work of all Departments to collectively identify, by 31 December 2013, 3,000 regulations to be removed or substantially reduced during the lifetime of this Parliament
Cabinet Office
2.16.ii. Establish a government data analytics function to reduce losses arising from fraud and error
Cabinet Office
4.2.ii. Respond to the Joint Committee’s report on Parliamentary Privilege
Cabinet Office
5.3.ii. Provide up to 50,000 places on the National Citizen Service during 2013
Cabinet Office
5.3.iii. IMB becomes fully operational and assumes operational control
Cabinet Office
6.1.i. Develop and expand the Social Mobility Business Compact, embedding and sharing best practice between employers and mainstreaming the Compact with businesses and Departments
Cabinet Office
6.1.ii. Establish and hold the first Social Mobility ‘Opening Doors’ awards
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.7.ii. Working with Cabinet Office, implement the Government Space for Growth scheme, enabling SMEs, social enterprises and charities to use vacant government space
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.14.iv. Roll out extended Enterprise Finance Guarantee
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4.1.ix. Review, develop and implement foreign direct investment sectoral propositions for delivery partners, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Enterprise Zones and City Deals to attract inward investment
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.2.i. Strengthen compliance in the migrant labour market with the development of taskforces and implementation of a summer enforcement campaign, and create better mechanisms to jointly manage intelligence and share data, working with Home Office and HMRC
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.6.i. Lead, with Cabinet Office, the Red Tape Challenge work of all Departments to collectively identify, by 31 December 2013, 3,000 regulations to be removed or substantially reduced during the lifetime of this Parliament
Department for Communities and Local Government
1.5.i. Subject to Parliament, bring into force, through secondary legislation, powers under the Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.2.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
1.9.ii. Publish analysis of the impact of transition to digital radio
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.13.ii. Secure the solvent liquidation of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
3.5.i. Announce the UK City of Culture for 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.1.i. Make the case at EU negotiations for significant reform to make the Common Agricultural Policy smaller, simpler, and greener
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.1.ii. Negotiate reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy to support sustainable fish stocks, a prosperous fishing industry and a healthy marine environment
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.3.i. Invest £100 million from the Rural Development Programme for England to help small businesses improve their skills, facilities and competitiveness
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.6 i. Publish the first Waste Prevention Programme for England, enabling businesses, local authorities and civil society to do more to reduce or reuse waste
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.7.ii. Publish proposals to reform the water abstraction licensing system
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.9.v. Implement actions on marine licensing set out in the Red Tape Challenge and Focus on Enforcement review to make coastal development more efficient
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.9.viii. Reform the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to allow it to continue to enforce protection for vulnerable workers, while reducing burdens on compliant operators
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.1.i. Consult on a comprehensive and risk-based bTB Eradication Strategy for England, including the development and deployment of cattle and badger vaccines
Department for International Development
2.3.iii. Work effectively across Whitehall, mainly with HMRC, HMT, BIS, FCO and Cabinet Office, and with G8 partners to ensure the UK’s G8 presidency reaches ambitious but achievable developmental commitments in 2013 during its Presidency year and at the Lough Erne Summit, including on food security and transparency, and work with Whitehall leads on tax and trade where proposals relate to developing countries
Department for International Development
3.3.iv. Conduct a follow-up to the Multilateral Aid Review
Department for International Development
5.1.iii. Assess the progress of international organisations on delivering for girls and women where this has been identified as a reform priority following the Multilateral Aid Review
Department for International Development
5.2.i. Conduct a mid-term review of the Reproductive and Maternal Health Framework for Results including progress against results and its commitments to save women and children’s lives
Department for International Development
5.2.ii. Design a programme of support to implement the UK’s commitments to contribute to helping 120m additional women access family planning
Department for International Development
5.2.iii. Establish a programme to reduce the practice of female genital mutilation/ cutting by 30% in 10 countries over 5 years
Department for International Development
6.1.i. The future design of the Green Climate Fund has a clear focus on innovation, effectiveness and results
Department for International Development
6.2.i. Ensure that climate change risks and opportunities are identified and addressed across DFID’s country programmes and other major policy and spending areas through the implementation of Strategic Programme Reviews with all country offices / departments achieving the minimum standard
Department for Transport
4.2.ii. Wholly fund the TfL project to deliver new smart readers compatible with the national ITSO specification and to enable the acceptance of new ITSO rail ticketing products across the London Oyster estate
Department for Transport
5.1.ii. Decide on the location for significant new investment in additional capacity for crossing the Lower Thames
Department for Transport
5.4.ii. Publish proposals for improving the training and testing of new drivers to help improve young driver safety
Department for Transport
8.3.i. Ensure demonstrable progress on delivery of the agreed Red Tape Challenge reform packages by the end of 2013
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.ii. Deliver 40,000 business start-ups through the New Enterprise Allowance
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.3.i. Publish analytical response to the Hills Fuel Poverty review and future strategic approach to fuel poverty
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.iii. Publish first Delivery Plan, including Contract for Difference strike prices (subject to Royal Assent for Energy Bill)
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.vii. Energy Bill receives Royal Assent including powers to move domestic consumers off poor value tariffs, simplify the domestic retail market and help consumers switch tariffs more easily
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.3.v. Report against the first Renewable Energy Directive interim target
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.4.i. Take all the decisions government needs to make in order to facilitate nuclear operators to proceed to a final investment decision on the first new nuclear power station. These include planning consent, agreement on funded decommissioning, regulatory design acceptance and sufficient progress on Electricity Market Reform
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.6.i. Energy Bill receives Royal Assent, including a clause on Offshore Transmission Commissioning
Department of Health
1.2.i. Produce a five year premature mortality action plan
Department of Health
1.4.ii. Launch Phase Two private market funding bid round
Department of Health
2.9.iv. Publish a report following up progress in delivering all agreed actions one year on, including the work on strengthening corporate accountability
Department of Health
2.14.ii. All 50 radiotherapy centres nationwide delivering 24%
Department of Health
3.5.iv. Reduce by 25% the amount of national data collections
Department of Health
5.1.vi. Submit final proposals to ministers for further work on treatment-based accommodation of offenders based on evaluation of test sites, working with NHS EnglandDepartments including the Ministry of Justice by running substance misuse pilots and mental health pilots
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.6.iv. Support conflict prevention and improved governance in Africa through at least eight Ministerial visits, and targeted programme spend (over half Conflict Pool spending in Africa on Somalia and the Sudans)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.7.i. Ensure co-ordinated UK participation at Cyber Conferences in Hungary and the Republic of Korea to establish and promote common approaches for governments, business and civil society to work together in cyberspace
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.1.vii. Deliver a comprehensive training programme to create a commercially and economically capable FCO, including tailored provision for new ‘Prosperity staff’ appointed under the FCO’s network shift
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.4.ii. Use the UK G8 Presidency in 2013 to develop open economies, open governments and open societies and support free trade, tackle tax evasion and encourage greater transparency and accountability
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.4.vi. Contribute to UK development objectives, including to shape the post 2015 framework and to promote the Africa Free Trade Initiative (AfTI), working with DFID
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.4.vii. Launch and implement a strategy on Business and Human Rights, to advance corporate respect for human rights
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
2.4.i. Move notification of liability for VAT to online channels
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
2.4.ii. Move notification of liability for main direct taxes to online channels
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
2.6.i. Publish an annual report setting out aggregate outcomes of HMRC’s tax settlement work
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.3.i. Prepare and deliver an effective UK presidency of the G7
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.3.ii. Deliver an effective 2013 chairmanship of the G8-Deauville Finance Ministers process
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.5.i. Maintain ongoing Ministerial dialogues with key emerging markets, including delivering successful Economic and Financial Dialogues with India in London and with China in Beijing this year.
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.11.iv. Update the National Infrastructure Plan and refresh Infrastructure Pipeline data
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.6.iii. Oversee successful divestment of RBS ‘Rainbow’ bank branches as part of the State Aid commitment and, if extensions are needed, ensure these are properly negotiated with the European Commission
Home Office
3.1.v. Enforce student sponsorship obligations by working with the education sector and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on a new ‘co-regulation’ approach
Home Office
3.6.iv. Strengthen compliance in the migrant labour market with the development of taskforces and implementation of a summer enforcement campaign, and create better mechanisms to jointly manage intelligence and share data, working with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Home Office
1.3.ii. Ensure 80 per cent of visa application payments are made online
Ministry of Defence
2.1.i. Publish the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2013 (to include input from the 3rd Sector in line with the Civil Society Compact)
Ministry of Defence
2.4.ii. Ensure training and education policies include the opportunity, where appropriate, to gain nationally recognised civilian qualifications through the accreditation of education, training and experience reporting annually on: (a) Defence Apprenticeship completions (including Advanced Apprenticeships) by Sector Skills area; and (b) Civilian accreditation gained as a result of Service training by qualification type
Ministry of Defence
2.5.i. Support the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) in developing their 2014 report
Ministry of Defence
4.2.i. Implement endorsed outcomes