Private Finance Initiative

PFI is a method of financing new schools, hospitals, streetlighting etc without the council or health service having to find the money up front. Instead a consortium of a building firm and a bank (or two) offer to build and run the service for a period of between 20 and 35 years. For this the public pays much, much more. This is why we lead the fight to save Lewisham Hospital - two other hospitals were bankrupted by their PFI debts so Lewisham was going to be closed to force patients to Woolwich or Kings.

Here is a chart of the PFI contracts Lewisham's Labour mayor committed us to. The figure for payments this year is around £52million.

We say these contracts have to be torn up and if John Hamilton is mayor we will argue in the courts that these contracts are "odious debt" a legal term which regards debts as unenforceable if they are imposed on a population by a ruler and are of no benefit to the people. It is a form of loan-sharking on a giant scale. See my condemnation of PFI 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the video .

You can download the full figures for Lewisham's PFI contracts here.


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