Headlines: January 25th, 1999

The Deputy Prime Minister has set new targets to improve life for those sleeping rough, living in council homes and for those waiting for a new home in the some of England’s most deprived areas.In a keynote address to the Centre for Local Economic Strategies annual conference Mr Prescott set three-year targets to reduce the number of people sleeping rough by two-thirds by 2002, improve one and a half million council homes and deliver nearly 50 regeneration projects.

Mr Prescott said: “I have set some clear and measurable targets which will carry forward the improvements we have already set in place.

“They are targets which I believe will help improve the quality of life in areas of real concern to people in their everyday lives – their homes, their neighbourhoods and how they get to work.

The policy targets are set out in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ new Public Service Agreement.