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Ministers step it up with PPP

The Scottish Executive showed no signs of bowing to criticism of its public private partnership (PPP) strategy for schools as it announced on Monday that bids from four more councils - West Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Moray and Scottish Borders - had been accepted. PPP investment is now worth more than pound;2.2 billion in Scotland. Peter Peacock, the Education Minister, revealed the details during a visit to Vale of Leven Academy in West Dunbartonshire, where the authority will receive pound;100 million.

Falkirk, first in the field with PPP schools, will receive pound;70 million to replace its four remaining secondary schools, while Borders and Moray will have pound;50 million apiece.

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