PPP/PFI and NPD project documents
The documents contained within this section has been released following requests received under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
The PPP/PFI and NPD project documents below are either Outline Business Cases (OBCs), Full Business Cases (FBCs) or the main bodies of the final contracts for signed projects in Scotland, in the format held by the Scottish Government at the time of the requests. Where such documents held by the Scottish Government were already publicly available elsewhere, the individuals making the request were directed to these alternative sources, in line with Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 "the Act".
The documents released are listed by procuring authority. Redactions have been made to some of the documents. This is because we consider the redacted information to be exempt from disclosure under: Section 33 (Commercial interests and the economy) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, as "its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of any person (including, without prejudice to that generality, a Scottish local authority)"; Section 35 (Law Enforcement) of the Act, as "its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice substantially the administration of justice"; Section 36 (Confidentiality) of the Act, as it is "information in respect of which a claim to confidentiality of communications could be maintained in legal proceedings"; and Section 38 (Personal Information) of the Act, as it refers to names and personal data of individuals.
Tax Incremental Financing
The documents contained within this section have been released following requests received under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
Tax Incremental Financing – applications from Local Authorities for remaining TIF pilot places
In summer 2011, Scottish Futures Trust, at the request of Ministers, invited applications from Local Authorities for the remaining Tax Incremental Financing pilot places. The following information is released further to the Information Commissioner’s Decision 153/2012:
- the scores allocated by an assessment panel comprising Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and Scottish Government officials to each of the Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) applications received by Local Authorities in August 2011; and
- the assessment panel’s comments on the individual applications.
It is important to provide some further information so that the documents above can be considered in their full context. SFT’s letter to Chief Executives of 23 June 2011(http://www.scottishfuturestrust.org.uk/publications/tif-chief-exec-process-letter/) makes clear that the role of the assessment panel comprising SFT and Scottish Government officials was to make recommendations to Ministers, and that “final approval for TIF pilots rests with Scottish Ministers”. Whilst Ministers clearly took account of the recommendations of the evaluation panel – and, indeed, chose to invite the three highest ranking local authorities to submit full TIF business cases, they also considered wider factors that were not addressed by the panel.
This is particularly the case in relation to the application submitted by Aberdeen City Council. The panel commented that whilst the submission addressed many of the elements contained within the response template, further detail / clarity could have been added in relation to various elements of the scheme and scored it lower than other applications focusing on more traditional TIF assets (e.g. transport links).
Ministers nonetheless wished to invite Aberdeen City Council to submit a full TIF business case, provided that public support for the Union Terrace Gardens project could be demonstrated. Aberdeen’s project was chosen to ensure good geographical spread of TIF pilots. It was also selected because of the potential of the scheme to lever in £55 million of private funding immediately, representing 40% of the estimated total cost of the City Garden Project (£140 million). The potential to lever in such levels of guaranteed private funding for the creation of the assets made this project unique amongst those for which bids had been received.
Aberdeen’s scheme was innovative, particularly in terms of the proposed enabling assets, and transformative in terms of the regenerative impact on Aberdeen city centre. Ministers believed that the plans should be progressed, if the people of Aberdeen wished the project to proceed, and that this was a unique opportunity for the city.
It is important to highlight that the evaluation panel only considered the limited information contained in the four-page response templates submitted by Local Authorities. In considering the recommendations of the evaluation panel, Ministers therefore took account of broader issues so as to ensure that the pilot phase covered a variety of locations, sectors, sizes of scheme and types of asset.