Councils need help, not accusations, based on old PFI deals
Friday, January 23, 2015
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) waste projects came under scrutiny last year when an influential committee of MPs sharply criticised Defra over its handling of three PFI schemes involving local authorities.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said in September that "lax" contracts, agreed by the last Labour government with four local authorities, failed to deliver value. While in real terms this may be the case, it doesn’t’ tell the full story and is, if anything, a needless finger pointing exercise that undermines much of the good work that is being done by many of the 468 local councils in the UK.
In the Januray 2015 edition of Local Authority Waste and Recycling (LAWR) Magazine, Dan Botterill, CEO of Cloud Sustainability, argues why alternatives to PFI should now be considered.