Shedding the Light

A critique of the Outline Business Case for the Newcastle-North Tyneside Street lighting PFI project. This document demonstrates how the OBC has over £16m of cost savings and efficiencies built into the financial model in order to make the PFI appear to provide value for money. The report challenges the basis of these assumptions. It also shows, using detailed traffic accident data, how the community safety and social benefits from reduced road accidents and crime have been exaggerated.