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18th April 2017

Paterson Condemns Labour’s Toxic PFI / PPP Legacy

St Modans High School

St Modans High School, named in report

Following a BBC investigation Steven Paterson MP has sought urgent reassurance from Stirling Council about the news that three public-private partnership (PPP) schools in Stirling have been judged to be unsafe. The schools affected in Stirling are St Modans, Wallace High School and Balfron High School.

Commenting Mr Paterson said:

“Stirling taxpayers continue to pay an extortionate rate for the Labour Party’s PFI / PPP funding model used to pay for high schools across the area, and now concerns have been raised that some of the buildings themselves are not structurally sound.

“I have written to the Chief Executive of Stirling Council seeking urgent reassurance that there is no question of the safety of pupils and staff at the schools involved being threatened by these findings, and confirmation that there will be no disruption to pupils.

“I also want to be assured that the taxpayer will not be liable for repair costs under the terms of the contracts signed by the Labour Party prior to 2007.”

SNP Group Leader on Stirling Council, Councillor Scott Farmer added:

“Every penny spent on a PFI or PPP project is money that is taken from precious Council resources. Tory made and Labour executed contracts are set to cost the Stirling taxpayer at least £15 million every year for the next two decades.

“This is money that could be spent on vital services such as social care and education”