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Tony Blair sets service provision target - Wednesday 24 May 2006

Prime Minister Tony Blair has set a one-year deadline for the attainment of a "step change" in the provision of public services by third sector organisations.

In a related development, organisations representing charities, co-operatives, housing associations, trade unions and social enterprises have united to form the Third Sector Network.

Writing to new Cabinet Office minister Hilary Armstrong, whose department contains the new office of the third sector, Blair said he wanted firm commitments from key departments by the summer and an implementation plan published in the autumn.

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