Education experts have criticized Jeremy Hunt. use of data from leading private school lobby group to justify it decision not collect £1.7 billion by adding VAT to tuition fees.
Autumn Statement Speech on Thursday Chancellor took blow to the Labor Party policy of increased funding for struggling public schools by abolishing tax breaks for private school, saying he would be “practical” instead of be “ideological”. Referring to “certain estimates”, what is result in up up to 90 000 private schoolchildren go to public schools, he failed Note that these statistics are from the 2018 Independent Schools Council Lobby Report. group.
Dr. Malcolm James, senior lecturer in accounting and taxation at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who published research on private school tax credits and rising fees in sector, said: “It seems that he only looked at the evidence from the ISC, but, of Of course they would say so, wouldn’t they?
James said that many families with children in private there would be no school problem gives a 10% increase in fees, and schools will step in to help those who tried my best to do it.
He added: “90 thousand schoolchildren are simply not going to quit on the public sector, at least not overnight, as that would be too disruptive for children’s education.”
Helen Barnard, lawyer director of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “This possible that some smaller and less rich private schools may close, but many, especially large and more established will not be affected to the same extent by the change in VAT.”
She is added: “Private schools overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy by giving access to powerful jobs and higher wages and growing inequality, so I don’t think giving them tax breaks is appropriate use of public money”.
Bridget Phillipson, Labor shadowy secretary, said: “Removal of tax breaks for private schools should was an easy choice for chancellor. However, one day again he decided to protect the richest by reaching for pockets of working people”.
She pointed out what cost of private education had already passed up in recent years, but parents still choosing it option.
Labor promised use £1.7bn generated by ending these recruitment tax breaks more than 6500 new teachers and give every child access school mental health counselor; and professional career advice.
Lee Elliot Major, professor of social mobility at the University of Exeter, said government could no longer afford to ignore the unfolding “humanitarian crisis”. in underfunded public schools. He said “cruel truth is the gap between private schools and public schools just expanded in recent years to judge in terms of funding, school exam results, selected university places or life results.
Although the school sector was glad it didn’t get the cuts that many were counting on. on Thursday, many directors indicated out that an additional £2.3bn a year year promised government would not be enough to cover the huge deficit caused due to unpaid teacher salary rise and rising electricity bills.
Vic Goddard, Director of Passmore secondary academic school in Essex said schools would receive an additional £70,000. next yearbut added: “Unfortunately, this does nothing for help us with a halfmillion dollar deficit year”.
Suzanne Best, head of Great Kingshill Primary School in High Wycombe said: “We do not ask earth, just enough to pay our staff and put paper, toilet roll, soap and other essentials in our schools.”
The ISC stated that its report was work of independent consulting company that specializes in in independent school finance: “Their data, which was collected before financial blows of Covid and cost of life crisis hit British families, independently confirmed by a later, unrelated ASCL survey. of school leaders.”