Sixth form and further education (FE) colleges that are not academies – state schools independent of councils – are missing out on a funding boost worth 3 per cent of their income as they are not eligible for a government VAT refund scheme, the report found. The Independent reports.
The same council-run colleges also lose out on the teachers’ pay grant – introduced by the government to cover some of the costs of a pay rise for teachers in schools.
Layla Moran, education spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Successive governments have left our colleges and sixth forms underfunded and unloved.
The Lib Dems say they would abolish “learning taxes” that council-run colleges face as part of a £1bn investment package for the sector.
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