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  • Heald, David
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    Recent changes in UK policy, notably the retirement of the 1981 Ryrie rules, presage a substantial increase in the use of private finance for public sector projects. The most important features of the relaxations of 1989 and 1992 relate to: successive modifications of the value-for money tests, notably, in connection with removing the requirement for a systematic comparison with a hypothetical publicly financed project (e.g., when the private sector can be directly remunerated by user tolls); less stringent rules on leasing; and allowing private borrowing on the security of Exchequer-funded assets. The crucial issues are identified to be: the extent of private finance and the implications for macroeconomic indicators; whether the hypothesized operational efficiency gains are sufficient to offset higher financing costs; whether risk is genuinely transferred to the private sector; and whether risk ought to be transferred to the private sector. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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    Article provided by University of Manchester in its journal The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies.

    Volume (Year): 65 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 5 (December)
    Pages: 568-98

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:65:y:1997:i:5:p:568-98

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    4. Froud, Julie, 2003. "The Private Finance Initiative: risk, uncertainty and the state," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 567-589, August.
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