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…