Negotiations were being concluded with another 19 councils and had begun with a further 13 authorities.
She assured Tony Wright, chairman of the commons select committee on public administration, that such real partnerships between central and local government would not be lost in the new comprehensive regime.
'Local agreements are essential to local delivery. The best thing about the scheme is that it enables local authorities not only to agree national targets but to deliver the objectives wanted by local people in their area', said the minister, who said PSAs were welcomed by all political parties in all local government organisations.
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