According to iNews, a group of private schools in Lincolnshire have begun subsidising the fees of pupils from poorer backgrounds by launching a “benefits card” which gives residents discounts in local shops.
Those involved in the scheme in Stamford said it had injected “lifeblood” into the town’s high street, and could be adopted by other schools across the country.
They have launched the “Stamford Card”, which involves local residents paying £10 a month for a card which gives them discounts and offers from about 100 shops, hotels, restaurants and services.
Ana Bennett, a parent who subscribes to the card, called it a “no brainer”. “If you shop right, you can make back the money… and you’re supporting other kids, which to me just seemed a really lovely thing to do.
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