The Private Finance Initiative (PFI)

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is a small but important part of the Government's strategy for delivering high quality public services.

In assessing where PFI is appropriate, the Government's approach is based on its commitment to efficiency, equity and accountability and on the Prime Minister's principles of public sector reform.  PFI is only used where it can meet these requirements and deliver clear value for money without sacrificing the terms and conditions of staff.

Where these conditions are met, PFI delivers a number of important benefits. By requiring the private sector to put its own capital at risk and to deliver clear levels of service to the public over the long term, PFI helps to deliver high quality public services and ensure that public assets are delivered on time and to budget.

This site provides access to a wide range of information about the Private Finance Initiative in the UK, including the Treasury's document,  ´PFI: Meeting the Investment Challenge´ . Further queries can be directed to the Treasury Correspondence & Enquiry Unit.

In this section

Private Finance Initiative (PFI): Key documents
Includes PFI: Meeting the Investment Challenge (July 2003) and Standardisation of PFI Contracts (SoPC) version 3 
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Guidance
Includes Treasury taskforce guidance and OGC guidance notes on refinancing and other issues
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Statistics
Includes PFI signed project list
Private Finance Initiatve (PFI): Useful links
links to guidance and support, research, OJEC and government
Contacts and further information
Includes details of how to receive regional case studies