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Public versus private: how to pick the best infrastructure finance option

Why a bias towards private infrastructure finance exists in government, and how this can be addressed.

How infrastructure projects are financed – whether the public sector or the private sector raises the money for the upfront costs, and on what terms – is important.


Well-financed projects create the right incentives to design and deliver high-quality infrastructure; transfer risks to those best able to manage them; and reduce the costs for taxpayers and consumers.

This report identifies three reasons why a bias towards private finance currently exists and how this can be addressed.

The report is the third in a series of reports on improving infrastructure decision making in the UK. See all of our related reports, comment and explainers.



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