Private Finance Initiative

Private Finance Initiative

Sturgeon: Ending hospital parking charges would cost tens of millions

CONTRACTS that prevent all hospital patients in Scotland benefiting from free parking would cost "tens of millions" to terminate early, the health secretary said yesterday.

PPPs under fire again as parents claim new school will be too small

CHILDREN will be forced to have lessons in makeshift classrooms because planned new schools are too small, parents claimed yesterday, in the latest blow to public-private partnership (PPP) schemes.

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Firm ordered back to class as £7.6m school is built 'too small'

A CONSTRUCTION firm has been ordered to return to work on a new £7.6 million primary school after it was built too small.

PFI works may cost £2bn more than with public cash

THE use of private firms to build projects like schools and hospitals could be costing £2 billion more than it would in the public sector, a union claimed yesterday.

Middle way could be A&E cure

AS EXPECTED, the SNP has reversed a decision made by the previous Executive to close local A&E units in Ayr and Monklands, on the grounds of local opposition. This move has been criticised by Dr David Kerr, the man responsible for the plan to centralise A&E units across Scotland in centres of excellence, as "sentimental, emotional and irrational". Who is right?

Treasury PFI efficiency claims 'unfounded'

TREASURY claims that the government's flagship private finance initiative projects are cost-effective and save public money are "unfounded", according to researchers from Edinburgh University.

PFI buyout costs taxpayers £20m as Scots college cuts its losses

USING private finance deals to pay for major public projects was questioned yesterday, after more than £20 million of taxpayers' money was spent returning a troubled college into public ownership.

Assessing PPP needs objective analysis

PPP is a hot topic for parties in the forthcoming elections. The key area of criticism in Scotland is the cost of private funding. The SNP says PPP has resulted in "hospitals and schools lumbered with credit-card payments" to banks and have proposed a "Scottish Futures Trust" to fund public-sector infrastructure projects.

Beatty leads hospital bid

ENGINEERING and construction giant Balfour Beatty has been selected preferred bidder for the £152 million contract to build the new Fife General Hospital.

SNP demands end to PFI deals

A REVIEW ordered by the Scottish Executive into the private finance deal used to build West Lothian College should be the trigger for an end to new PFI and PPP schemes, Scottish Nationalists said today.

Executive orders review into college's PFI scheme

THE private finance deal used to build West Lothian College is set to be reviewed amid concerns that it is not good value for money.

Sheridan PFI inquiry call

SOLIDARITY MSP Tommy Sheridan has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament demanding an independent inquiry into the controversial private finance initiative, after Capital academics highlighted soaring costs.

Plans for new PPP campus set for go ahead

A BRAND new 1200-pupil school campus is set to be built at Holy Rood High School.

Former pupils to rebuild Capital schools

UP TO 220 people in north Edinburgh will be offered training and employment opportunities to help rebuild schools under a programme to be run by training body the Construction Academy and Edinburgh Waterfront Recruitment Centre.

Have councils learned from first PPP schools?

A MEMBER of an Edinburgh high school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) put it succinctly. "There seems to have been a total loss of common sense and good will," she said as we tidied up after a fund-raising winter fair.

Children's tsar probes PPP impact on pupils

THE children's tsar in Scotland is to investigate the impact of private-sector investment on schools, amid growing concern about poor maintenance and lack of access.

Private prison under fire over freed inmate

A PRIVATELY-run prison which allowed an inmate on remand to walk free has come under fire.

Serco talks of PFI sale possibility

SUPPORT services firm Serco has held talks with potential investors over the possible sale of its investments in various PFI projects.

Sacked education director gets pay-off

THE sacked education chief blamed for jeopardising the £550 million PPP new schools plan has received a pay-off by the city council to drop his industrial tribunal.

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