In December 2010 the Trust published a strategy for the BBC for the remainder of the Charter period. This strategy was developed in light of the funding settlement agreed with the Government in October 2010 that sees the licence free frozen at its current level until March 2017 and the BBC assuming additional funding responsibilities.
The Trust tasked BBC management with developing a plan for how to organise the Corporation in light of this strategy and the funding settlement. The Executive delivered a set of proposals to the Trust, entitled Delivering Quality First, at the end of September 2011. These set out a planned programme of efficiencies together with proposed changes to the scope of the services that the BBC provides to audiences.
The Trust carried out a public consultation on the proposed scope changes to the BBC. This ran from 6 October to 21 December 2011. The Trust also commissioned Ernst & Young to conduct a review of the proposed efficiency programme.
The Trust published its interim findings in January 2012 and its final conclusions in May 2012.