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PUBLIC SERVICE AGREEMENT SIGNALS COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

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Improving everybody's quality of life is what the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions aims to...
Improving everybody's quality of life is what the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions aims to achieve, deputy prime minister, John Prescott, has said.

Welcoming publication of the Public Services Agreement White Paper, he said;

'This provides a clear record of the modernisation and reform which my department is committed to achieving over the rest of the Parliament, and indicates the direction of our policies in the longer term.

'The comprehensive spending review gave us more money for our priority areas of housing, regeneration, transport and the environment. This government believes we should be held accountable for getting results, improving the quality of life in this country, and working more efficiently. The Public Service Agreement sets out the benchmarks against which we will be judged.

'Of course, the department does not act alone. Achieving the improvements we have promised means an effective partnership with many other organisations, in particular local authorities, business and the voluntary sector, as we move towards more sustainable development. I look forward to working with partners in pursuit of these common goals.'

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The Public Service Agreements White Paper, 'Public Services for the Future: Modernisation, Reform, Accountability' (Cmnd 4181) was published yesterday by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. This met the undertaking made in the CSR White Paper in July 1998 (Cmnd 4011) which promised that a series of Public Service Agreements would be published, and that the Government would monitor and report regularly on progress against the delivery of targets and other changes set out in the agreements.

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