Building up the profits;Letter
Those few local authorities which are using PFI are all relying on "level-playing field" support - a sweetener from the Government which ensures that the additional costs of PFI fall on the general taxpayer not on the local authority.
A moment's reflection will allow your readers to conclude that, if such a subsidy were equally available to all local authorities, then the burden on the taxpayer would be beyond the wildest nightmares of Iron Chancellor Gordon Brown. A second moment's reflection might suggest that it would suit everybody, except those who profit from PFI, if no more such schemes were subsidised and conventional borrowing, known to be cheaper, was increased to the equivalent extent to allow more new schools to be built for less.
Janet Law, Blackford Lodge, Blackford, Perthshire