By Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News, Live from Brighton
BRIGHTON – The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer was given a standing ovation at the Labour Conference after promising to end all government contract using Private Finance Initiative, PFI.
John McDonnell, the Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington explained that the party will review all PFI contracts and would return existing deals “in house” if Labour is elected to power.
“We have already pledged that there will be no new PFI deals signed by us,” Mr McDonnell told Labour’s conference in Brighton this afternoon.
“But we will go further. I can tell you today, it’s what you’ve been calling for. We’ll bring existing PFI contracts back “in-house” under public control.
“It’s not just students and households with credit cards who are being ripped off. The scandal of the Private Finance Initiative, launched by John Major, has resulted in huge, long-term costs for tax payers, whilst handing out enormous profits for some companies. Profits which are coming out of the budgets of our public services,” he added.
“Over the next few decades, nearly two hundred billion is scheduled to be paid out of public sector budgets in PFI deals. In the NHS alone, £831m in pre-tax profits have been made over the past six years. As early as 2002 this conference regretted the use of PFI.
“Jeremy Corbyn has made it clear that, under his leadership, never again will this waste of taxpayer money be used to subsidise the profits of shareholders, often based in offshore tax havens. The government could intervene immediately to ensure that companies in tax havens can’t own shares in PFI companies, and their profits aren’t hidden from HMRC.
“We’ll put an end to this scandal and reduce the cost to the taxpayers. How? We have already pledged that there will be no new PFI deals signed by us. But we will go further. I can tell you today, it’s what you’ve been calling for.
“We’ll bring existing PFI contracts back in-house.”