Sufficient quantity and quality of social infrastructure defines a modern economy. Housing, health care, education, court/police/prison, and social care facilities of a recognizable quality and availability are essential building blocks for a healthy and safe community. As economies develop, demand for more and better facilities increases significantly. Quality of housing and utility access is a priority for individuals. Health care costs in most economies are spiralling upwards as health care improves and populations live longer, requiring care over a longer period of time. The more advanced the economy, the more the requirements for higher quality education to support it. The development and improvement of appropriate security and care arrangements are also increasingly required. In some economies, supply of social infrastructure is paid for at the point of consumption with some form of user charge. In others, services are provided "free" through general taxation. For historical political and social reasons, these charges are often distorted and bear little relation to the costs of providing the services. The demand for high quality social infrastructure often outpaces the traditional public sector model of finance, supply, and management. As a result, the private sector is increasingly involved in the delivery and management of social infrastructure and services. The contractual and regulatory requirements to ensure that the services are provided place an additional burden on high-quality public services.
We assist our clients by providing innovative solutions to the challenges they face through analyses of the financial, operational, and environmental implications associated with their plans. With this comprehensive appreciation of the full costs and benefits of facility developments, LeighFisher is able to help our clients not only identify the best alternative, but also make the case for investment to all stakeholders.
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