Tackling PFI - A Public Spending Cut We Could All Get Behind

Stella Creasy | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stella Creasy

With the spending review looming there is one budget cut we should all get behind. Britain is paying out £10billion a year on PFI loans taken out to build schools and hospitals. With so many public institutions in financial difficulty, tomorrow Labour needs to offer both an expose of Osbourne's fiscal callousness and credible and radical alternatives for securing value for money for the British public

Time to Raise Your Game - A Team Talk for Andy Burnham and Labour's Health Squad

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

You might be able, in the back rooms of Westminster, to convince one another that you can get away with a less-than-coherent health policy and rely on a lot of talk about the1930s to swing overwhelming public support for the NHS your party's way. But what the Labour Party needs now is a bit more Bevan-style fire in its belly.

Balls and Brown: The Pot and the Kettle

Matt Carr | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Watching Ed Balls and George Osborne clawing each other in parliament yesterday was not an edifying spectacle - the parliamentary version of Alien versus Predator. I'm not one to agree with Osborne about anything if I can possibly help it, but when he condemns the 'Brownite cabal' for its economic mismanagement and its failure to regulate the banking system, you have to admit that he's not wrong.

We Can't Go On Like This

Brett Leppard | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Politics
Brett Leppard

The foolish man builds his house upon the sand, or in this case, debt. If David Cameron wishes to balance the books, I suggest we start with what is probably the biggest public sector inefficiency and end two decades' worth of farce.

Time for Less Talk and More Action on Infrastructure

Mike Robb | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Politics
Mike Robb

Ultimately, we must invest in our infrastructure and make the UK the most attractive place in the world to do business. It's time to stop the talk and get spending. If this is the course of action the Government has decided to take - rightly, in my view - let's get on with it.

Hodge On The Warpath Again.. This Time Over PFI Contracts

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Politics

Margaret Hodge, fiery chairman of the influential Public Accounts Committee, has attacked Public Finance Initiatives as a “rotten deal”. Public...

Bailed Out: Cash-Strapped NHS Trusts Get £1.5bn

PA | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK Politics

The government has announced a £1.5bn bailout for NHS trusts suffering serious financial problems. Seven hospital trusts have been identified as t...

George Osborne Orders 'Fundamental Reassessment' Of PFI

PA | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a "fundamental reassessment" of the Government's controversial Private Finance Initiative (PFI), with the aim ...

NHS Hospitals 'May Need Bail Outs'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2011 | UK Politics

Taxpayers could end up bailing out NHS hospitals identified by watchdog the National Audit Office as having "financial issues". A report released o...

Hospitals 'Face Collapse Over PFIs', Says Andrew Lansley

PA | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK

More than 60 hospitals cannot afford the rising cost of private finance initiative schemes and are being left "on the brink of financial collapse", ac...

Taxpayer Being 'Taken To The Cleaners' On PFI Contracts, MPs Warn

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 31.10.2011 | UK Politics

The government has not done enough to tackle waste in private finance initiatives (PFI) contracts despite billions of pounds of public money being at ...

Public Sector Pensions Liabilities Reach To £1.1 Trillion

PA | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The taxpayer's total liability for funding public sector pensions has hit £1.1 trillion, according to new official figures. T...