Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:53


Labour’s disastrous PFI schools scheme is costing councils millions of pounds every year, SPICe analysis has revealed, leaving local authorities to deal with the legacy of toxic deals made over a decade ago.

The duff deals made by Labour during their time in power at Holyrood will cost local authorities £434.3 million in this financial year alone, as Scotland continues to count the cost of Labour’s spell in government.
Labour’s PFI schools in Edinburgh, costing the council £40.9 million this year alone, were poorly and dangerously built and forced to close for nearly 500 days so that essential repairs could be carried out.

The total cost of the toxic PFI legacy across all projects topped £1 billion in 2016/17, with this figure continuing to rise.
Commenting, SNP MSP Ruth Maguire, who sits on Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee, said:
“Labour’s toxic PFI legacy has left our schools counting the cost every single year, long after voters removed them from government.
“They ought to be ashamed of themselves – they’ve left Scotland with a bill that rises every single year and is costing our local authorities £434.3 million this year alone.
“These funds could be put towards delivering better local services – but instead we’re still paying for Labour’s mess. And we should not forget the potential consequences of Labour’s dodgy deals on jerry-built schools across Edinburgh – forced to close for nearly 500 days because of fundamental safety concerns.  
“It’s high time that Labour apologised for this toxic legacy that they’ve left for our schools and councils across the country.”

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