The Camden New Journal reports the ending of a PFI scheme for the Chalcots estate on Adelaide Road in Camden. Instead Camden Council appear to taking the scheme back in house. It follows a bitter fight around who was to pay for what and the financial fall out from the evacuation over fire safety fears.
Even its proponents were never terribly keen on the PFI deal. It was chosen as a second best option after Camden chose not to take the last Labour government's Decent Homes money. It is another sign that local government is moving away from outsourcing and complex contracts that seem to involve more bureaucracy in managing them, but not much in terms of benefits. Long term contracts also tend to reduce flexibility in what Councils can do since they tend to have more legal restrictions.