A CONSTRUCTION firm has been ordered to return to work on a new £7.6 million primary school after it was built too small.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
ENGINEERING and construction giant Balfour Beatty has been selected preferred bidder for the £152 million contract to build the new Fife General Hospital.
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.
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.
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.
A BRAND new 1200-pupil school campus is set to be built at Holy Rood High School.
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.
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.
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.
A PRIVATELY-run prison which allowed an inmate on remand to walk free has come under fire.
SUPPORT services firm Serco has held talks with potential investors over the possible sale of its investments in various PFI projects.
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.