PFI Advisers - Conflict of Interest

Megan Ingles made this Freedom of Information request to Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

Which companies have advised your local authority on each of its PFI projects and contracts from inception, through procurement, during construction and operation on issues relating to structural, legal, financial, governance, audit and performance review. Please provide that information by each PFI scheme, providing the HMT unique reference number.

Please provide documentation demonstrating how your local authority selected the advisers referred to above? Please provide any internal or external process documents (e.g. from HM Treasury/ Partnerships UK) in relation to the selection, a copy of invitations to tender and tender documents.

Please provide documents demonstrating how your local authority, as part of that selection, ensured that the auditors and lawyers, accountants and business consultants referred to above were not conflicted in any way with any of the organisations involved previously or currently with your PFI project(s). This could include documents, statements and correspondence between the local authority and its auditors relating to any conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest.

Please provide all policies/protocols or any other documentation which demonstrate how your local authority continues to ensure that auditors and consultants continue to be free of conflicts of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Ingles

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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Procurement, Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Ms Ingles,

Further to your recent FOI request, please find a response attached.

Kind regards

Corporate Procurement & Projects Team

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