13 February 2001
More than 80 per cent of central government bodies believe they get better value for money from using the private finance initiative (PFI) for building projects than traditional methods.
In the National Audit Office's first major review of PFI, 72 per cent of authorities and 80 per cent of contractors say their relationship is good or very good.
The survey, Managing the Relationship to Secure a Successful Partnership in PFI Projects, is based on more than 120 PFI projects let before 2000, including hospital, prisons, roads, property and IT projects. Views were obtained from local and central government authorities as well as contractors.
The survey comes as the European Commission appears set to rule that PFI contracts do not breach EC anti-competition law. A report recommends allowing dialogue between client and preferred bidders before a contract is awarded.