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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to set out some of the reasons why PFI initiatives often run into difficulty and how often tense relationship between the motivations of the public and private sectors can be reconciled.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand how PFI has developed as a means to deliver public services and the reasons for its growth in the last 20 years. Know how a PFI agreement is typically structured Be aware that the significant margin of error in long term projections is often a reason for the failure of PFI's Be aware who is really in 'the driving seat' in a DBFO PFI project and why that causes difficulties for the continued delivery of public services.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Legal Principles
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In this two part CPDcast mini series, Stephen Davies QC analyses the relationship between the public and private sectors' delivery of public services known as PFI. Part 1 of the podcast will look at how PFI arrangements are typically structured and how the industry has developed. The focus of this podcast will be the practical difficulties that often arise in translating the PFI agreement from the (often substantial) paperwork to the actual delivery of services.

Podcast addded: 15/12/09

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-05-27

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