It’s not entirely clear how he knew that Edinburgh’s PFI schools would be making the headlines last March, but someone called Tommy Sheridan, has used FOI to uncover just how much the City of Edinburgh Council has left to pay on its outstanding PFI deals.
The FOI response, which was posted on WhatDoTheyKnow.com shows that the council has already paid out half a billion pounds on PFI contracts - mainly for schools.
But perhaps more remarkable is how much the council still has to pay out.
Still more than £1Bn.
This figure includes more £100m for the redevelopment of the James Gillespie schools, which the council described as a £42m scheme when it opened in 2013.
The school was also financed through the Scottish Futures Trust, the Scottish Government’s successor to the PFI programme.
The FOI was released just as it became clear that all 17 of the schools built during the PFI1 contract had defects. Some may be closed for the longer-term.
Meanwhile, according to The Guardian the council has withheld a £1.5m payment to the Edinburgh Schools Partnership, the PFI firm responsible for building and maintaining the schools affected.