Building 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.

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The government’s objectives

We will:

  1. Get the best Brexit deal for Britain
  2. Make the economy work for everyone
  3. Build the homes people need
  4. Improve schools, colleges and universities
  5. Protect the natural environment
  6. Keep our families, communities and country safe
  7. Tackle injustices, wherever they exist in our society

1. Get the best Brexit deal for Britain

We will deliver on the referendum vote to get control of our money, borders and laws, while building a strong new relationship with Europe.

How we will achieve this
Negotiate for a deep and special partnership with the EU for when the UK leaves in 2019
Legislate to ensure a smooth and orderly exit

2. Make the economy work for everyone

We will help people with the cost of living, invest in public services like the NHS while getting debt falling, and back businesses to create good jobs while ensuring they play by the rules.

How we will achieve this
Deliver the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK
Support world leading science and innovation by agreeing a roadmap to meet the 2.4% R&D investment target by 2027
Investing further in our public services, including an additional £20.5 billion per year by 2023/24 for our NHS
Provide taxpayers with a boost in income by raising the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 by 2020
Give the lowest paid the biggest pay rise in 20 years by increasing the National Living Wage, paving the way to 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020
Continue the roll out of Universal Credit, ensuring it works for everyone

3. Build the homes people need

We will ensure everyone can afford a safe, decent place to live, and help as many people as possible to get on the housing ladder.

How we will achieve this
Continue our work towards delivering the biggest increase in housing supply since 1970, building one million more homes by 2020, and half a million more by 2022 in order to reach 300,000 a year on average by the mid-2020s
Support local authorities and housing associations to increase the supply of affordable homes, including through the Affordable Homes Programme, long-term strategic partnerships with housing associations, the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme
Work with local areas to provide a stable pipeline of well-planned and well-designed new and transformed settlements through our Garden Communities programme
Introduce reforms to make the Private Rented Sector more affordable and fairer

4. Improve schools, colleges and universities

We want everyone to have the best start in life, and go as far as their talents and hard work can take them.

How we will achieve this
Ensure there is a good school place for every child, and deliver the teacher recruitment and retention strategy to ensure that we have great teachers and school leaders in every school, including by implementing the Early Career Framework
Continue to transform technical education through introducing high-quality T-Level qualifications, opening twelve new Institutes of Technology, as well as through our ground-breaking reforms to apprenticeships
Facilitate life-long learning through a post-18 education system that delivers real choice, quality and value for money, and introduce a high-quality national retraining scheme to drive up adult learning and retraining
Continue to deliver and embed our offer of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents

5. Protect our natural environment

We will leave a cleaner, greener Britain for our children, with stronger protections for animal welfare and tough action on plastic waste.

How we will achieve this
Introduce legislation to put the UK on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions, ensuring we continue to lead the world in tackling climate change
Continue to deliver our 25 Year Environment Plan, with plans for the first Environment Bill in 20 years
Implement our ambitious new Clean Air Strategy to clean up our air and save lives
Introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (subject to consultation) and ensure consistent collections for household recycling

6. Keep our families, communities and country safe

We will make sure the police, armed forces and intelligence agencies have the powers and money they need.

How we will achieve this
Continue to invest in our world-leading security services, committing an additional £970 million to the police to ensure that they have the capability to respond to increased demand
Respond to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide by implementing the serious violence strategy
Lead the way on making the internet safer through the introduction of new, world-leading legislation as set out in the Online Harms White Paper

7. Tackle injustices, wherever they exist in our society

We will help people achieve their true potential, whatever their background and circumstances.

How we will achieve this
Improve mental health services and their links to other public services through an extra £20.5 billion of funding for the NHS, in particular by delivering the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
Halve rough sleeping this Parliament and end it for good by 2027
Continue to deliver on the government’s promise to explain or change ethnic disparities in all areas of society following the findings of the Race Disparity Audit, through initiatives such as the Race at Work Charter
Deliver the forthcoming Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment Strategy and LGBT Action Plan commitments for 2019/20
Promote the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children and young people, by delivering a national funding formula for schools and continuing to support disadvantaged young people through the pupil premium

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.

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.

Published 14 December 2017
Last updated 27 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated in line with new 2019 plans being published.

  2. All plans updated for 2018/19

  3. First published.