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GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE PUBLIC SERVICE TARGETS

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A treasury white paper to be published this week will set out about 500 targets covering almost the entire range of...
A treasury white paper to be published this week will set out about 500 targets covering almost the entire range of Whitehall departments and agencies, reported The Observer (p6).

The Public Service Agreements, which will be announced by the chief secretary to the treasury, Stephen Byers, will include more than 300 targets for improving public services and about 200 for improving efficiency. They form part of the comprehensive spending review announced in the summer.

Targets include cutting car crime by 30% over five years, cutting the number of homeless by two-thirds and reducing truancy by a third. They also include election commitments on cutting hospital waiting lists

and class sizes. Targets for the home office include a 4% efficiency saving in the probation service and a 2% saving in the police and fire services. As an incentive, the treasury will allow government

departments to keep any money saved.

A new cabinet committee chaired by the chancellor has been established to monitor the agreements, and the treasury will work with departments to ensure targets are met.

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