Commenting on news that a Labour MSP is to bring forward a private member’s bill about the PFI car parking deal at Ninewells, which was introduced 10 years ago during a Labour administration at Holyrood’s term of office, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP said: “Labour have some hard neck bringing forward this private member’s bill given that it was on Labour’s watch that the PFI car park charges were introduced!
The SNP Government have scrapped car parking at all the car parks that we can do so, except for the three including Ninewells which Labour had tied in to long-term PFI contracts.
“The company has no intention of negotiating an early end to the contract which has 20 years to run. So it is up to Labour to say where they would make cuts in the budget to buy-out this private company. Would they cut front-line services in hospitals?
“The SNP has always opposed PFI because it forces the taxpayers to pay through the nose, many times the value and continues to tax the public for private profit long afterwards. Labour are now wanting the taxpayers to bail out their errors of judgement.”