Date: Weds 10 Sept 2008
UNISON condemns Scottish Futures Trust quango to promote PPP
UNISON Scotland today hit out at the creation of the Scottish Futures
Trust and the appointment of Sir Angus Grossart to spearhead the
Scottish Organiser Dave Watson said, "In opposition the SNP were
highly critical of PPP, yet today, in Government, they have established
a hugely expensive PPP quango headed up by a merchant banker.
"The Strategic Business Case for the SFT showed it will start off
with five staff who will each earn on average more than the Chief
Executive of Scotland's largest local authority.
"It is difficult to see how this body will be anything other than
a vocal proponent of more PPP in Scotland, wasting yet more billions
of taxpayers' money.
"Already Ministers have said it will drive forward 'hub' developments,
which are PPP projects based on the English LIFT schemes, strongly
criticised in a House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report
in 2006. UNISON Scotland believes that conventional financing of
new schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure provides
the best value for money."
NOTES TO EDITORS UNISON's summary evidence to the Finance
Committee for its 9 Sept meeting on the SFT is available from Fiona
Montgomery (0141 342 2852) or at email@example.com
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) - 07958 122 409(m) Fiona Montgomery (Information Development
Officer) 0141 342 2852