LABOUR PFI SCHOOL SHAME AS FALKIRK COUNCIL COUNTS COST
Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:16
£425 MILLION TO BE PAID OUT THIS YEAR ACROSS SCOTLAND – ROBBING MONEY FROM VITAL SERVICES
Labour’s disastrous PFI schools scheme continues to cost Falkirk Council millions of pounds every year, analysis by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has revealed – proving they are a party which cannot be trusted to manage vital public services.
The duff deals made by Labour during their time in power at Holyrood will cost local authorities across £426.8 million in this financial year – with Falkirk Council facing a £13.2million bill, demonstrating Labour’s short-term thinking and profligate use of public money.
SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald has slammed Labour’s toxic legacy, which continues to rob our local authority of vital funding for education and other public services. The total nationwide cost of the toxic PFI legacy across all projects topped £1 billion in 2015/16, with this figure continuing to rise.
Commenting, Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, said:
“The toxic legacy that Labour’s PFI deals have left our schools and Falkirk Council continues to cost millions of pounds every year – and proves once again that only the SNP can be trusted to deliver on education and local funding.
“While Labour carp from the sidelines about the SNP’s record, it is increasingly clear that we are still paying for the mess that Labour left over a decade ago – with payments in 2017/18 to be as high as £426.8 million across all our council areas, and Falkirk Council facing a bill of £13.2million for 2017/18 across the district. By the end of the PFI contract, Falkirk Council will have paid out over £400million of public money without owning any of these schools, but will have first choice to buy them at additional cost to the taxpayer. This is gross mismanagement of public money in the worst possible sense.
“Labour’s spendthrift and reckless handling of our public finances continues to rob Falkirk Council of funds which could be put towards delivering better local services. And let’s 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, Falkirk Council and local authorities across the country.”