private finance

SNP private finance schemes are not a rip-off, says Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that the SNP’s private finance schemes are not “a rip-off” following questions raised in a joint investigation by The Ferret and The Guardian. The First Minister has defended her government’s non-profit distributing (NPD) schemes as “much more cost effective” for taxpayers than previous governments’ private finance initiative (PFI) projects. But she…

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DWP spent £92, 249.86 trying to prevent disclosure of workfare providers

The Department of Work and Pensions spent nearly £100,000 on legal fees in an attempt to derail attempts to find out which organisations were benefiting from controversial workfare schemes.  In January 2012, Boycott Workfare campaigners submitted a Freedom of Information request seeking the identities of all UK organisations who were participating in workfare schemes.  Boycott…

Ruling: government broke freedom of information law on porpoises

The Scottish Government has breached freedom of information law by delaying the release of information on harbour porpoises, according to an investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has criticised officials for being “unnecessarily pedantic” and for taking an “overly narrow interpretation” when rejecting a request for information on proposed porpoise conservation…