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Saturday, January 19, 2008

PFI Leading To Rip-Offs - What A Surprise!

The National Audit Office have reported that PFI schemes are leading to massive variations in the amounts being charged to schools and hospitals financed under such schemes for minor repair work.

In one example the NAO found charges for installing plug sockets ranging from just over £30 to £302.30!

The benchmark figure suggested by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for installing an electrical socket is between £51 and £103.

This is of course all in addition to the fact that PFI schemes are usually a rip off for the public anyway, as the case is that if the money had been loaned in the public sector the work would be cheaper in the long term.

Here is the Unison union information page on PFI projects, and here is their "Positively Public" campaign.

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