Conservative MP calls for an end to charitable tax status for private schools

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and Chair of the Education Select Committee has today questioned the reasoning behind why private schools, such as the one he himself went to, are regarded as charities.

In a post on the Conservative Home website, Rob discusses the differences between the exemptions private schools are entitled to through their charitable status versus the way in which public schools and colleges are forced to pay, even though these institutions “really do provide a ladder of opportunity to those students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.”

His closing opinion is that “across the board, charitable status for most private schools is something that should come to an end.”

Only recently, we highlighted in the media that, following a Freedom of Information request, more than half of all private schools in England and Wales are registered as charities and receive lucrative tax breaks.

Our data revealed that under the Revaluation of rates, private schools could have expected to pay £1.16billion in business rates over the next 5 years, but we forecasted- based upon the replies from Councils- that just £634.26million will be paid, generating a huge £522.31million saving for private schools through their charitable status.