Private Finance Initiative

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The private finance initiative (PFI) is a way of creating partnerships between the public and private parts of the economy. It involves paying for public building projects (such as infrastructure) with money from private companies. It was created by the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom. It was used there and in Spain. PFI and its variants have now been used in many countries as part of the wider programme of privatisation and financialisation. This has been because of an increased need for accountability and efficiency for the spending of public money.[1] PFI has also been used simply to avoid reporting costs and debt on the balance sheets.[2]

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  1. Barlow, James; Roehrich, Jens K.; Wright, Steve (2010). "De facto privatisation or a renewed role for the EU? Paying for Europe's healthcare infrastructure in a recession". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 103: 51–55. doi:10.1258/jrsm.2009.090296.
  2. PFI ‘still being used to keep costs off balance sheet’