Minister for Local Government Rishi Sunak has backed efforts from regeneration firm U+I to improve the damaged reputation of public-private partnership (PPP) schemes – a fortnight after the Chancellor renewed the Government’s commitment to the model in his Autumn budget. Speaking at an event in London yesterday that included representatives from Homes England, Network Rail, the NHS, TfL, London Community Foundation and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, Mr Sunak said PPPs must ‘harness the strengths of both the private and public sector to deliver for local communities and the taxpayer.’ His comments follow the end of a six-month UK wide consultation from U+I that revealed many of the challenges that PPPs face. It found that 78% of British adults agreed that public sector organisations should ensure their unused land is developed to provide housing and create new places and public amenities for local communities. 56% of people agreed that local authorities … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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