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NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the liabilities of each primary care trust are under contracts for the provision of projects funded through local improvement finance trusts; and what recent estimate he has made of the occupancy rates of healthcare facilities provided through local improvement finance trusts. (193437)

This information is not collected centrally. As local improvement finance trusts (LIFT) schemes are developed, it is the responsibility for each primary care trust involved to ensure they can manage the resulting liabilities and service occupancy.

All LIFT schemes are underpinned by a strategic service development plan and a business case approval process. These require the primary care trust to demonstrate to their board, and if necessary their strategic health authority, the service and strategic need for the buildings and the affordability of the resulting liabilities.