Scottish private schools to hike fees as tax relief set to end

The Scotsman is reporting that parents whose children attend private schools are facing significant increases in fees, in part due to plans to end business rates relief for the sector.

The average private school is expected to hike its fee by more than £500 for the next school year, an increase of 3.9 per cent.

An analysis of the pending fees, compiled by the Times newspaper, shows that Fettes, the country’s most expensive private school, is putting up its fees by 5.3 per cent. It means parents of a senior day school pupil will pay £28,200 in 2018-19 compared to £26,790 in 2017-18.

It emerged last year that the Scottish Government plans to end charitable tax relief on private schools, which educate nearly 30,000 children across Scotland. As of 2020, the schools will lose the 80 per cent reduction offered to other charities.

John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, said the rising fees were being driven by pay rises for teachers and pension obligations, among other factors.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said schools were able to prepare for the imposition of business rates.

He said: “Scottish ministers recognise that, although small, the independent sector is a well-established part of the Scottish education system that promotes choice for parents. We will continue to engage with the sector as well finalise the detail of our proposals, subject to which we intend to bring forward primary legislation to deliver this change by 2020.”

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