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Lead Story: Issue 606 28 Sep 2012

With infrastructure, there are dangers in not taking risks

by Lee Baker

FOR YEARS, the public sector has strived to pass more of the financial risk of looking after infrastructure to the private sector. This is why the UK State Guarantee scheme we report on below feels novel. The idea ministers are now proposing is that the public sector should take on more of the financial risk of the private sector investing, rather than the other way round.

The scheme, debated in Parliament last week, put a focus on what the Deputy Prime Minister referred to as the...

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