The borough council has signed a local public service agreement (PSA), which is a package of performance targets covering a range of services agreed between the

council and the Government.

Bracknell Forest councillors discussed the targets at the last full council meeting and concerns were raised about whether the targets were achievable.

Cllr Paul Bettison, leader of the council, said: "We believe our targets are achievable, but we will have to work hard to rise to the challenge to make Bracknell Forest an even better place to live, work and play.

"This council has no shortage of ambition and we have a clear focus of our priorities.

"We have clear lines

of accountability and support personal development. There are targets for all areas and we need to remind ourselves we have high levels of public satisfaction."

Cllr Bettison highlighted the smartcard project as an example that offers the boroughs residents' access to more services and said that the project "has drawn £4 million into this authority".

He criticised the Government for "upping the targets" for social services, without giving

the borough any more money.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for social and health care, said he recognised there were many significant issues with regard

to social services, which needed to be addressed.

He said: "We recognise there are many significant issues we need to take forward and we have very good strategies in place.

"We have a good record of social services — if you listen to what some of the people we serve actually say.

"Our improvements over the last three years have been recognised by the Audit Commission."

Cllr Peter North, executive member for community safety, also raised concern about the targets for a reduction in the rate of young offenders re-offending and a reduction in vehicle crime.

Bracknell Forest has committed to targets which include:

> Improving secondary school attendance

> Increasing the participation of problem drug users in drug treatment programmes

> Reducing the rate of re-offending among young offenders

> Reducing vehicle crime

> Increasing the supply of new affordable housing

> Improving the performance of Brakenhale School

Local Government minister Nick Raynsford concluded: "I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Bracknell council."

The council's executive will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss plans concerning services to older people, smartcard scrutiny and departmental service plans.