End charity for schools
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.
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CRITICISM: Layla Moran