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Class resentment in the classroom. By Sophia Waugh

Regulars | By Sophia Waugh

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Labour is planning to stop the charity status of public schools and charge them VAT.

Labour is planning to stop the charity status of public schools and charge them VAT. The money raised – around £1.6 billion – will be spent on state schools. How could those of us committed to state schools not rejoice? We could have smaller classes, buy more books, be paid more... And yet. A governor of a local public school told me that, from the very day the general election was called, parents were paying for the rest of their children’s education up front. Three children, say, with years of education yet to get through – all paid for overnight. This is the face of capitalist fear, representing hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of cheques suddenly being written. There is a lot of money slopping about, and why shouldn’t it come to the rest of us? But will it? Those who are paying up front are avoiding the tax...


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