The Telegraph is reporting that Jeremy Corbyn is prepared to strip private schools of their charitable status in a significant escalation of what it calls ‘his party’s war on the middle classes’.
Lucy Powell, the new shadow education, said that many private schools are failing to share their facilities with those in the state sector.
The proposal could see independent schools denied £700 million in tax breaks and add £200 a year to the cost of a child’s private school education.
Miss Powell told a fringe event at Labour’s party conference: “It’s definitely something we’ve got to look at.”
Currently more than 2,000 private schools registered as charities in Britain are entitled to claim up to an 80 per cent cut in their business rates, which is worth around £150 million annually…
Miss Powell told the audience in Brighton: “I want to make sure that private schools play their part in offering facilities and their experiences in their school to other local schools.
“Some of the best private schools do that, but many don’t, so we have to look at carrot and stick approaches that ensure they best play their part.
“We will definitely be looking at some those issues and how that lever can be used to best effect…”
I’m not sure how far “something we’ve got to look it” is on the road to a policy to strip private schools of their charitable status – what do you think?
Is this something you would encourage Jeremy Corbyn and Lucy Powell to take further?
Please let us know why/why not in the comments or via Twitter…
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