Crime statistics are to be overhauled in an attempt to allay public fears that many alleged offences are never properly investigated by police.
Policing minister Damian Green said the new system, to be phased in from the start of the new year in England and Wales, should bring greater transparency to the way crimes are dealt with.
Currently around 70% of crimes are recorded as "undetected", with no indication as to why they did not lead to criminal charges.
But under the new framework, there will be a series of category headings indicating why no action was taken.
More top news
Local councils are to get an almost £6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years.
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition praised the courage of Britain's armed forces in a Christmas message to troops.
Nick Clegg has vowed to avoid appearances on reality shows like I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! when he stands down as an MP.