Join us on the 1st November, 9am - 5:30pm at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for the inaugural People vs PFI conference, bringing together academics, medical professionals, campaigners, researchers, journalists and grassroots organisations to discuss the problem of PFI, and to brainstorm political and practical solutions - with a focus on PFI in the NHS and social housing.
Speakers include: Richard Brooks (Private Eye), Ann Pettifor (Advocacy International), Nick Hildyard (Corner House) Ashley Seagar (Intergenerational Foundation, formerly The Guardian), Cat Hobbs (We Own it), Fran Boait (Positive Money), David McCoy (Medact), David Price (Queen Mary University London) Stuart Hodkinson (University of Leeds) John Lister (Keep Our NHS Public), and Dexter Whitfield (European Services Strategy Unit), with more speakers to be confirmed.
There will also be a series of workshops to equip PFI campaigners with vital information and skills covering: how to understand profiteering and tax evasion; using Freedom of Information requests; basic contract monitoring skills to hold PFI companies and public authorities to account; effective social media use; and using different tactics in grassroots campaigning.
Importantly, we want to hear YOUR stories of what living in, near, or working for, a PFI-run public service has meant for you and to capture your thoughts on what we can do to build effective grassroots opposition to PFI across the UK.
To view the full programme & book your place, click here now.
PFI rewires the relationship between the citizen and the state, so that our public services are no longer owned by, or directly accountable to us. Because private finance is used not Government borrowing, PFI is significantly more expensive than Government funded projects.
Your local hospital looks like a normal NHS hospital, except it was financed by a consortia of banks and construction firms. It might be owned by HSBC via an offshore tax haven, subject to contracts which are so "commercially sensitive" they are not available in the public realm.
PFI contracts require Freedom of Information requests just to find out how your local service should operate, where money is really going, and who is responsible for contract maintenance.
Yet despite frequently calling for an end to "Labours flawed PFI program" whilst in opposition, in 2011 Chancellor George Osborne rebranded and continued the PFI gravy train under the "PFI 2" banner.