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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
5.4.iv. Support 50 social ventures through Investment and Contract Readiness Fund
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2.1.i. Provide funding and a training offer to support the creation of an additional 75,000 adult apprenticeship places by 2014-15 (relative to the level of spending inherited from the previous Government)
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.14.v. Establish the Business Bank as an independent public body following state aid approval
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.14.viii. Continue to make awards to SMEs under the Investment Programme
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4.1.x. With UKTI and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, establish British Business Centres in 6 key high growth markets
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.7.vi. Promote and support Global Entrepreneurship Week
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.3.i. Subject to Royal Assent, legislate via the Deregulation Bill to amend Part V of the Housing Act 1985 to reduce the eligibility threshold for Right to Buy and Right to Acquire from five years to three years
Department for Communities and Local Government
3.7.i. Working with other government departments, review of the Bellwin Scheme for Financial Assistance in Emergencies including a consultation with local authorities on proposals
Department for Education
5.1.i. Deliver early learning places to around 130,000 two year olds between September 2013 and April 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1.4.i. Report on progress made towards achieving a more effective and proportionate EU regulatory framework for GM and nanotechnology based on science and evidence, and on raising awareness about the benefits offered
Department for International Development
1.4.ii. Provide funding to research partnerships to develop two new technologies (drugs and diagnostics) for malaria and other neglected tropical diseases
Department for International Development
3.4.ii. Update DFID’s guidance on beneficiary feedback with lessons from pilots
Department for International Development
6.1.ii. Improve the effectiveness and results focus of the international climate finance architecture, and especially the Climate Investment Funds and the Global Environment Facility
Department for Work and Pensions
1.4.i. Develop and implement the accepted recommendations from the Sickness Absence Review, including the new health and work assessment and advisory service
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.iii. Evaluate the delivery of the young person day-one support pilot in London and publish results
Department for Work and Pensions
2.1.i. Publish the second Social Justice progress report
Department for Work and Pensions
1.5.ix. Develop and launch pilot for 18-21s on Job Seekers Allowance to participate in work experience or skills related activity after 6 months of claiming
Department of Health
2.10.iii. Introduce a new fit and proper person requirement (FPPR) for Directors of health and care providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Department of Health
4.1.iii. Introduce a statutory duty of candour to patients and family members
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.1.v. Use defence engagement to help maintain the UK share of the global defence export market and to increase the UK’s share of the global security export market, including supporting export campaigns for Typhoon
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.1.viii. Support UKTI’s 5 year strategy and, in particular, provide assistance on key projects e.g. the High Value Opportunities programme, the Strategic Relationship Management Initiative and sectoral promotion initiatives
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1.2.i. Increase resources in China, South East Asia, India, Americas, Africa, Turkey and Central Asia offset by savings elsewhere on the network including a reduced footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan
Home Office
2.2.ii. Consider response from the police negotiating machinery on proposals on pay, a fast-track scheme to the rank of inspector, fitness testing and other matters within their remit, following the Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions, Part 2 report
Home Office
3.2.ii. Prepare further measures to further tackle sham marriages, working with the Ministry of Justice
Home Office
3.5.vi. Introduce legislation to improve the immigration enforcement process
Home Office
3.6.i. Introduce legislation in relation to access to employment, benefits and public services for migrants, working with other government departments
Home Office
3.6.iii. Simplify the range of documents employers need to check in establishing a right to work

Actions to be completed this month

Title
Cabinet Office
5.3.iv. Provide up to 90,000 places on the National Citizen Service during 2014
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.1.ii. Conduct assessment of REF submissions
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.3.v. Repeal and reform regulations, as announced following Red Tape Challenge reviews, so that scheduled changes are implemented
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.5.i. Complete the Focus on Enforcement programme and, with other departments, ensure implementation of its reforms, as detailed on the Focus on Enforcement web site
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.5.ii. Implement the package of reforms announced at the Autumn Statement 2012 to address systematic problems in regulatory enforcement including; consulting on a legislative duty for non-economic regulators to have regard to growth; developing public scrutiny of the implications of changes in policy and practice planned by regulators and refreshing the regulators compliance code
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
5.7.i. Work with EU partners to set a target for reducing the overall burden of EU regulation by the end of 2014
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.2.iii. Establish a Strategic Advisory Board to implement a Quantum Technologies (QT) Programme with key partners across government, academia and industry
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.15.i. Establish and award a £10m development fund to pilot driverless cars, working with the Department for Transport
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1.4.i. Develop and publish a Science and Innovation Strategy for Autumn Statement 2014
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.7.vii. Promote and support Small Business Saturday
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.1.iii. Support the Aerospace Technology Institution to increase their portfolio of projects
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
3.1.iv. Announce the successful bid for the Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2.7.i. Increase the number of signatories for the Compact Start
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.15.iii. Publish a consultation to improve the New Homes Bonus Incentive
Department for Communities and Local Government
2.16.i. Raise Private Rented Sector standards by empowering tenants, providing redress and transparency of fees in relation to letting agents and tackling rogue landlords (including a How to Rent Guide, model tenancy agreement, Code of Practice, mandatory letting agent redress schemes, updated Guidance to local authorities on tackling rogue landlords and primary legislation to require transparency on letting agent fees)
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
1.12.iii. Identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens in relation to associated gambling activity e.g. small community based raffles, and licensing requirements
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
5.4.ii. Ensure ISPs are meeting commitments to deliver unavoidable choice to parents on setting network level filters at home, provide family friendly wifi in public places, and that concerns about over-blocking are addressed
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.12.iv. Implement the Flood and Water Management Act
Department for Transport
2.2.ii. Consult on Leeds and Manchester routes and stations, analyse responses, and announce decision
Department for Transport
6.3.i. Publish and agree the Single European Sky (air traffic management) UK Performance Plan for Reference Period 2
Department for Transport
8.2.i. Publish implementation report on the Accessibility and Equality Action Plans including delivery of more accessible buses & trains; better information for disabled and young travellers; a safer transport system; an annual progress report
Department for Transport
8.3.ii. Remove the paper counterpart to the driving license
Department for Transport
5.9.i. Establish and award a £10m development fund to pilot driverless cars, working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Department for Work and Pensions
6.2.i. Take forward plans to remove or improve around 84% of health and safety regulations
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.3.iv. Inform some additional customers that may be eligible that they need to claim the Warm Home Discount
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.7.i. Introduce EU technical and market codes to improve the functioning and integration of EU energy markets
Department of Energy and Climate Change
4.1.iii. Contribute fully to the European Union-wide reviews of aviation ETS (ensuring the measure is well targeted after two years of operation) and carbon leakage (ensuring measures are targeted at those at genuine risk of carbon leakage)
Department of Energy and Climate Change
i. Implement Red Tape Challenge deregulatory reforms to Energy regulations and to benefit UK EU Emissions Trading Scheme participants.
Department of Energy and Climate Change
2.3.vi. Deliver a £12 rebate to every household electricity bill, by issuing the Electricity Bill Rebate to domestic electricity suppliers
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3.1.xi. Complete the first electricity capacity auction, subject to state aid approval
Department of Health
2.1.iv. Through NHS England make progress in four areas (measuring choice; ensuring mandate assurance; supporting transition from Choose and Book to NHS e-Referral Service; use of independent sector to relieve winter pressures) to ensure patients receive their rights to choice of provider at first outpatient appointment and to non-emergency treatment within 18 weeks, as outlined in the NHS Constitution
Department of Health
2.9.v. Publish a second annual report following up progress in delivering agreed actions
Department of Health
2.8.ii. Use data from the palliative care funding pilots (which ended in March 2014) to issue guidance around possible national prices for local testing in 2015-16
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
Department of Health
2.12.iii. Implement the Friends and Family Test across all GP, community and Mental Health services
Department of Health
6.2.ii. Sequence between 1,800 and 2,300 whole human genomes
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.6.viii. Contribute to regional security, stability and development, as part of the Government’s North and West Africa Strategy. Deliver the UK’s commitment to the EU Training Mission to Mali, increase regional capacity to address extremism and border security
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2.8.i. Finalise and implement the new international protocol on the documentation and investigation of sexual violence in conflict and ensure that new international commitments to tackle sexual violence, address impunity and provide support to survivors are turned into practical actions
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
2.9.iii. Deliver a stable and long-term framework for decommissioning relief and a tax regime that supports extraction of shale gas and maximises economic exploitation of the UK’s oil and gas resources
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.8.iii. Reform the taxation of remote gambling
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.8.v. Introduce creative sector reliefs
Her Majesty's Treasury
2.8.vi. Deliver a stable and long-term framework for decommissioning relief and a tax regime that supports extraction of shale gas and maximise economic exploitation of the UK’s oil and gas resources
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.3.i. Defend the United Kingdom’s interests in the negotiations on a banking union and protect the competitiveness of the City of London and UK financial services
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.3.ii. Contribute to the efficiency of enhanced financial stability of the financial sector, including through the implementation of Capital Requirements Directive 4 (CRD4), and successful negotiations of the recovery and resolution directive
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.3.iii. Deliver the framework legislation that enables markets to function effectively including through successfully negotiating the Markets in Infrastructure Directive(MIFID), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), Securities Law Directive (SLD), and Central Securities Depositories (CSD) EU dossiers and delivering post LIBOR review reforms
Her Majesty's Treasury
3.3.iv. Secure UK interests on EU directives, and successfully implement them without detriment to UK consumers for financial institutions, including on mortgages, the Deposit Guarantee Scheme, Access to Banking, Payments Services, E-money and Multilateral Interchange Fees
Ministry of Defence
1.1.ii. Pursue, through high level bilateral meetings between MOD Ministers and US Department of Defense (DoD) colleagues and biannual meetings at Permanent Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense level, a programme of enhanced bilateral cooperation focusing on areas of mutual benefit
Ministry of Defence
1.1.iv. Restructure the British Defence Staff US to best deliver SDSR outcomes
Ministry of Defence
1.2.ii. Exploit the A400M Joint User Group to inform operating techniques and procedures and identify opportunities for synthetic and live training
Ministry of Defence
1.3.ii. Implement UK commitment to new NATO Command Structure
Ministry of Justice
3.1.iii. Compete the works and facilities management services in public sector prisons
Ministry of Justice
3.3.ii. Increase removal of foreign nationals from prisons through holding foreign national prisoners in specific establishments which facilitate Home Office enforcement activity; and through use of the Early Removal Scheme and Tariff Expired Removal Scheme
Ministry of Justice
3.3.iii. Work with the Home Office to ensure foreign nationals are identified at the earliest opportunity in the criminal justice process; assess the timeliness of referrals from NOMS; and strengthen processes so that all FNOs are referred to the Home Office when sentenced to custody
Ministry of Justice
5.1.i. Introduce proposals to reform HMCTS to ensure that courts and tribunals across the country operate as efficiently and effectively as possible
Ministry of Justice
5.3.v. Move to a mixed model of local and national commissioning of support services for victims, with Police and Crime Commissioners commissioning the majority of services at the local level
Ministry of Justice
7.1.iii. Commence phase II of the change to a “20 year rule” for the release of public records
Ministry of Justice
7.3.iii. Introduce further legislative and non-legislative measures to enhance the position of volunteers and those who act heroically, in the fourth session
Ministry of Justice
5.5.iii. Support the Victims' Commissioner to recommend minimum standards that victims can expect whenever they complain to a criminal justice agency