End char­ity for schools

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Ben Glaze

PRI­VATE schools should be banned from au­to­mat­i­cally claim­ing char­ity sta­tus, the Lib Dems ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman has said.

Layla Moran – who her­self at­tended pri­vate schools in East Sus­sex, Brus­sels and Ja­maica – said too many of them do too lit­tle in their com­mu­ni­ties to jus­tify the fi­nan­cial perk.

Pri­vate schools can claim big tax breaks in­clud­ing on VAT and busi­ness rates, and re­lief from cor­po­ra­tion tax if they make a profit.

The High Court ruled in 2011 that “in all cases” pri­vate schools must of­fer “more than min­i­mal or to­ken ben­e­fit for the poor”.

Ms Moran told the Lib Dem annual con­fer­ence in Brighton yes­ter­day: “We should re­move char­i­ta­ble sta­tus un­less a school can con­cretely show it’s ben­e­fit­ing the en­tire com­mu­nity, like a char­ity might.

“Many do bril­liant work, some do the min­i­mum.”

About three quar­ters of pri­vate schools are reg­is­tered as char­i­ties.

Sup­port­ers of the schools say they lift pres­sure on the state sys­tem.

A 5ft 6.25in tall Ru­bik’s cube has been un­veiled in Calgary, Canada, to mark Bu­dapest­born cre­ator Erno Ru­bik’s 74th birth­day.

CRIT­I­CISM: Layla Moran

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