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In the papers today - Monday 12 September

High fixed costs of hospitals built under the private finance initiative will have a detremental effect on the services provided by other National Health service hospitals.

Two academic critics of the PFI Hellowell and Allyson Pollock of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at Edinburgh University - claimed yesterday that this is already beginning to happen. - The Financial Times

Transport for London has warned that the £17bn public-private partnership to upgrade three quarters of the London Underground network is unworkable and must be taken back into state ownership - a process that would unravel one of Gordon Brown's signature policies. The London mayor's transport body said it expected the government to repay an emergency loan of nearly £1bn that TfL made to Metronet this summer, raising the spectre that vital upgrade work on the capital's tube system will be scaled back if TfL is saddled with the cost. - The Guardian

The Conservatives are promising to act to stop rural villages becoming preserves of the middle class and middle aged by offering incentives for landowners to provide land for development on the guarantee that it is only offered to local people and families. A proposal entitled Localhold will be included in the Conservatives' quality of life report due to be published tomorrow, potentially the most politically controversial report of the six policy commissions ordered by David Cameron 18 months ago. - The Guardian

A wooden shed in Southwold,Norfolkhas been sold for £90,000 - some £30,000 more than it was originally marketed. The 2m by 3m wooden shed has no power, water or gas supply but is assured a sea view. - Times

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