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A country that works for everyone: the government’s plan

We will tackle the challenges our country faces and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Our single departmental plans set out our objectives and how we will achieve them.

The government’s objectives

We will:

  1. Get the best Brexit deal for Britain
  2. Take a balanced approach to government spending
  3. Help businesses to create better, higher-paying jobs
  4. Build the homes our country needs
  5. Improve standards in our schools and colleges
  6. Back the innovators who deliver growth, jobs, lower prices and greater choice
  7. Tackle the injustices that hold people back

And underpinning this all is our commitment to protect our environment, so we leave our planet in a better state than we found it, with cleaner air, stronger protections for animal welfare and greener spaces.

By delivering on all of this, we can create a country with a stronger economy and a fairer society, one that will guarantee a better future for the next generation.

1. Get the best Brexit deal for Britain

We will get a Brexit deal that guarantees the greatest possible access to European markets while recognising that we are leaving the Single Market, boosts free trade with countries across the world, and delivers control over our borders, laws and money.

How we will achieve this
Negotiate for a deep and special partnership with the EU for when the UK leaves in March 2019
Legislate to ensure a smooth and orderly exit, through the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and further legislation

2. Take a balanced approach to government spending

We will get debt falling but also invest in our key public services, like the NHS, and keep taxes low.

How we will achieve this
Continue to control public spending and get debt falling as a share of GDP in 2020/21
Investing in our public services, including an additional £6.3 billion for the NHS
Raise the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000

3. Help businesses to create better, higher-paying jobs

We will invest in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future through our industrial strategy.

How we will achieve this
Promote research and innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to capture the value of innovation
Introduce a series of Sector Deals - in construction, life sciences, automotive and AI - to build strategic and long-term partnerships between industry and government
Boost productivity over the long term with investment in housing, transport, digital infrastructure and research and development through the National Productivity Investment Fund

4. Build the homes our country needs

We will work to ensure everyone can afford a place to call their own, restoring the dream of home ownership and helping people to get a foot on the housing ladder.

How we will achieve this
Implement our Housing White Paper to reform the housing market and to increase the supply of new homes, on track to reach 300,000 a year on average by the mid-2020s
Introduce planning reforms that will ensure more land is available for housing, while protecting the Green Belt
Make available £15.3 billion of new financial support for housing over the next five years, bringing total support to at least £44 billion over this period
Help those struggling to get on the housing ladder, through Help to Buy and by exempting first time buyers from stamp duty on homes under £300,000

5. Improve standards in our schools and colleges

We will give young people the skills they need to get on in life.

How we will achieve this
Put technical education on the same footing as our academic system, with high quality apprenticeships and new T level qualifications
Raise school standards for all, while tackling regional differences in attainment through our Opportunity Areas programme and maths hubs

6. Back the innovators

We will support those who deliver growth, jobs, lower prices and greater choice for consumers - while stepping in when businesses don’t play by the rules.

How we will achieve this
Support innovation by delivering the government’s ambition of increasing research and development investment in the economy to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027
Unlock over £20 billion of patient capital investment to finance growth for innovative firms over 10 years
Legislate to ban letting fees for tenants and place a temporary cap on energy prices
Publish our Consumers and Markets green paper, to closely examine markets which are not working fairly for consumers

7. Tackle the injustices that hold people back

We will address the burning injustices that stop people from achieving their true potential.

How we will achieve this
Reform mental health legislation and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the NHS
Tackle the inequalities revealed by the Prime Minister’s race disparity audit
Implement our roadmap for reducing the disability employment gap

Single departmental plans

Single departmental plans describe each department’s objectives and how they will achieve them.

Single departmental plans are the basis for the government’s planning and performance framework. You can find out more about how the system works.

  1. HM Treasury single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  2. Department for Exiting the European Union single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  3. Department for Work and Pensions single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  4. Cabinet Office single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  5. Department for International Trade single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  6. Home Office single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  7. Department of Health and Social Care single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  8. Department for Education single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  9. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  10. Ministry of Justice single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  11. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  12. Foreign and Commonwealth Office single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  13. Ministry of Defence single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  14. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  15. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  16. Department for International Development single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  17. Department for Transport single departmental plan

    • Corporate report
  18. HM Revenue and Customs single departmental plan

    • Corporate report

Territorial offices

The territorial offices have summarised their priorities for this Parliament.

  1. Northern Ireland Office objectives (refreshed December 2017)

    • Corporate report
  2. Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland 2015-2020

    • Corporate report
  3. Single Departmental Plan: 2016 to 2020

    • Corporate report

Sustainable development goals

The UK is committed to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. It does this by ensuring that the goals are embedded in departments’ plans.

  1. Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

    • Corporate report
Published 14 December 2017