ISC CEO: 'What we want is an exemption from VAT for children of military and diplomatic families supported by the CEA'

Posted on: 17 Jun 2024

Julie Robinson, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) has called on Labour to exempt the children of service personnel from its plans to tax independent school fees.

According to a report in the Sunday Express, Labour’s plans to impose VAT on independent school fees could cost mid-ranking soldiers an extra £3,000 a year.

Speaking to the paper, Ms Robinson said: “Moving from school to school leaves its mark on children, and sometimes the posting is somewhere where it is not safe to bring your family. Parents who serve the Crown need access to boarding schools and to know the fees will be covered.

“What we want is an exemption from VAT for children [of] military and diplomatic families who are supported by the CEA.”

Ms Robinson is also quoted in The Telegraph on this subject, saying: “Parents serving their country across the UK and overseas depend on independent schools to provide the educational stability their children need and deserve.

“These families urgently need clarification on whether their fees will be exempt from this planned tax on education.”