Projects: Mind the gap
The London Underground public private partnership has been a fees bonanza for law firms, but will the negative publicity it has generated do more harm than good to the PPP sector as a whole? Derek Bedlow reports
Controversy follows the private finance initiative (PFI) and its near cousin the public private partnership (PPP) as surely as night follows day. The newspapers, especially those with a political axe to grind, are full of stories of shoddy buildings, escaped prisoners and corporate greed, while the Government’s political opponents are never slow to make the accusation that PFI is no more than an accounting trick to disguise the true level of public spending.
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