The SNP is diametrically opposed to the PFI model and is currently conducting a consultation on alternative funding mechanisms with a view to squeezing out PFI and replacing this with its Scottish Futures Trust.
Unfortunately the Scottish government does not have the power to issue such bonds, and is unlikely ever to obtain such powers as long as Gordon Brown is in power. As a result, there is a potential hiatus looming on the funding of projects that would previously have been funded by PFI, including an extensive schools improvement programme that is currently on hold.
The effect of this should not be underestimated. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond should beware the wrath of Scottish parents when they realise that their beloved offspring now face the prospect of continuing to be educated in crumbling, inadequate schools that they had expected to have been replaced within the next few years.
JOHN ARCHIBALD (M)firstname.lastname@example.org