“Structural Reform Plans are the key tool of the Coalition Government for making departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition Agreement. They replace the old, top-down systems of targets and central micromanagement.
The reforms set out in each department’s SRP are designed to turn government on its head, taking power away from Whitehall and putting it into the hands of people and communities. Once these reforms are in place, people themselves will have the power to improve our country and our public services, through the mechanisms of local democratic accountability, competition, choice, and social action.
The reform plans set out in this document are consistent with and form part of the Department’s contribution to the Spending Review. All departmental spending is subject to the Spending Review.
We have adopted a cautious view of the timescales for delivering all legislative measures due to the unpredictability of pressures on Parliamentary time.”
1. International commitments
•Honour the UK’s international commitments and support actions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
2. Value for money
• Make British aid more effective in reducing poverty through improved transparency and value for money
3. Wealth creation
• Make British international development policy more focussed on boosting economic growth and wealth creation
4. Afghanistan, Pakistan, conflict and stabilisation
• Improve the join-up and performance of British development policy in conflict countries, with particular focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan
5. Role of women
• Recognise the role of women in development and promote gender equality
6. Climate change
• Drive urgent action to tackle climate change and support adaptation efforts in developing countries
(The following six pages detail the plans for each of these priorities)