Autumn Statement: Chancellor dismisses "ideological" proposal to add VAT to independent school fees

Posted on: 18 Nov 2022

In the Autumn Statement announced yesterday, the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, dismissed the Labour Party's call to add VAT to independent school fees, condemning what he called the "ideological" approach and instead promising to focus on investment.

Referencing the independent school tax proposal, Mr Hunt told ministers that “according to certain estimates this would result in up to 90,000 children from the independent sector switching to state schools”​​, referencing a 2018 report commissioned by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and figures from the 2022 ISC Census.