FIFE COUNCIL IS BEING RIPPED OFF TO THE TUNE OF £17 MILLION BY ROTTEN PFI CONTRACTS

Published date : 25 Nov 2021

Fife Council is being ripped off to the tune of £17 million as they continue to pay for wretched PFI contracts – eating in to vital council education spending.

 

Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has found that the amount being forked out by Fife Council is 5% of its education resource funding, meaning millions are being wasted on the contracts.

 

PFI contracts were introduced by the Tories and adopted by Labour during their time at the helm of the Scottish Government.

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

 

“The rotten PFI contracts were introduced by the Tories but supercharged by the Labour-led Scottish Government and unnecessarily cost councils across Scotland, including in Fife.

 

“It is incredible that the lasting legacy of Labour governments continues to be felt as schools’ budgets are eaten up significantly by these wretched contracts.

 

“The SNP scrapped PFI contracts, meaning that money can be spent on Scotland’s young people and not on absurdly expensive contracts.

 

“This demonstrates how we still cannot trust Labour with the public purse in Scotland as we continue to pay for their disastrous decisions in government.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes

 

Research from SPICe

Net revenue expenditure on education services and schools PFI unitary charges (£m) in 2019/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education Services (£m)

PFI unitary charges (£m)

PFI unitary charges as a % of education expenditure

 

 

Aberdeen City*

174

NA

NA

 

 

Aberdeenshire

275

13

5%

 

 

Angus

104

6

6%

 

 

Argyll & Bute*

99

NA

NA

 

 

City of Edinburgh

379

42

11%

 

 

Clackmannanshire

55

8

15%

 

 

Dumfries & Galloway

147

15

10%

 

 

Dundee City

136

12

9%

 

 

East Ayrshire

128

11

8%

 

 

East Dunbartonshire

128

15

12%

 

 

East Lothian

97

10

10%

 

 

East Renfrewshire

120

13

11%

 

 

Falkirk*

161

13

8%

 

 

Fife

349

17

5%

 

 

Glasgow City

580

57

10%

 

 

Highland

241

26

11%

 

 

Inverclyde

80

20

25%

 

 

Midlothian

92

11

12%

 

 

Moray

85

NA

NA

 

 

Na h-Eileanan Siar

42

NA

NA

 

 

North Ayrshire

136

13

9%

 

 

North Lanarkshire

368

24

7%

 

 

Orkney Islands

33

NA

NA

 

 

Perth & Kinross

150

17

11%

 

 

Renfrewshire

167

17

10%

 

 

Scottish Borders

113

9

8%

 

 

Shetland Islands

43

NA

NA

 

 

South Ayrshire

111

11

10%

 

 

South Lanarkshire

341

36

11%

 

 

Stirling

102

15

15%

 

 

West Dunbartonshire

102

12

12%

 

 

West Lothian

189

15

8%

 

 

TOTAL

5,327

461

9%

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Scottish Local Government Finance Statistics (SLGFS) 2019-20 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

 

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