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PFI charges gap exposed

17th January 2008

Wide variations in prices are being charged for work at hospitals and schools built under private finance initiative schemes.

Financial watchdog the National Audit Office looked at a number of routine jobs and found significant differences in the charges made.

The body which monitors public spending noted that the amount spent on installing plug sockets ranged from £30.81 to £302.30 and while one contractor put up a notice board for free, another charged £149.71 for the work. The NAO said that in many cases, the best deal for the taxpayer had not been sought.

 

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