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The government has named a further 13 councils to pilot local public service agreements. ...
The government has named a further 13 councils to pilot local public service agreements.

They join the seven PSA trailblazers announced in July (LGC, 28 July). Ministers hope to agree local PSAs with all 20 by the end of the year, with the agreements going live in April 2001.

Local Government Association chair Sir Jeremy Beecham said: 'The LGA is delighted to see 20 councils are being invited to pilot local PSAs. The scheme offers the prospect both of securing valuable improvement in vital services for local people and of transforming relations between local and

central government.'

Local PSAs could allow councils to win extra freedom and flexibility from the government in return for setting tough service targets.

The pilots will also be able to apply for grants of£50,000 grant to cover administration costs and for up to£1m in pump priming money.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The new pilots:

Birmingham City Council

Blackburn with Darwen BC

Cambridgeshire CC

Coventry City Council

Derbyshire CC

Lewisham LBC

Middlesbrough Council

Newcastle City Council

Newham LBC

Richmond-on-Thames LBC

Sheffield City Council

Surrey CC

Tameside MBC

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