The treasury will next month announce more than 100 separate annual targets for individual Whitehall ministries, agencies and cross-departmental intiatives such as Sure Start, which helps
deprived pre-school children, and anti-drugs campaigning. Ministers believe that an electorate opposed to higher taxes can be persuaded to support funds for public services, such as health and education, if there is this new form of public accountability.
Ministries will be expected to meet their targets by April 2002, the end of the three-year period for which treasury funding is guaranteed. Meanwhile, each department will be required to measure annual progress towards meeting its objectives and publish a report setting out relevants statistics.