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PFI: Government Hiding Figures

I suppose it was too much to hope that the government would give a straight answer to a straight question. Tom will post the response from the government about optimism bias. We will, of course, continue working to get the true picture about the fiddle factors that have been used for PFI.

The link is to the guardian's section about PFI. They are reasonably accurate, but do tend to mix up annual and accumulated deficits.

In the mean time I am hearing rumours that local authorities are resorting to the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information about their funding. One would have hoped that ODPM would merely "fess up" and explain the basis of their calculations, but that does seem to be not their approach for the moment.

The Information Commissioner has started looking at my case where the Chancellor refused to provide the basis of his calculations. What the outcome will be is not as yet clear.

Fiona MacTaggart's answer yesterday to a question I asked about the over use of cautions shows she does not understand what is happening.

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