This report presents information on: the rationale, costs and benefits of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI); the use and impact of PFI, and ability to make savings from operational contracts; and the introduction of PF2. There are currently over 700 operational PFI and PF2 deals, with a capital value of around £60 billion. Annual charges for these deals amounted to £10.3 billion in 2016-17. Even if no new deals are entered into, future charges which continue until the 2040s amount to £199 billion.
We present information on the programme as a whole and do not seek to form a view on the model or individual projects. This briefing was prepared prior to the announcement on 15 January 2018 that the construction company Carillion was in liquidation.