Midlands: Setting the pace
Stephen Byers' recent comments on the efficacy of the private finance initiative has refuelled the ongoing debate on the use of the PFI model to finance public projects. Patrick Twist asks whether the phenomenon that grew out of the West Midlands market can yet deliver on a national scale
The West Midlands has a history of innovation in public service provision. The Chamberlains’ activities in establishing the Birmingham Municipal Savings Bank and in the pioneering municipal provision of gas and water in Birmingham are frequently quoted as proof of this.
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