Labour's tax policy risks leaving state schools 'underfunded and oversubscribed', says ISC CEO

Posted on: 26 May 2024

ISC chief executive Julie Robinson reiterated concerns about the proposal to add VAT to school fees, and the financial impact this would have on both the independent and state sectors.

Ms Robinson said: “We remain concerned that Labour’s tax policy will not raise the money it has promised our state colleagues. It risks leaving them underfunded and oversubscribed.

“Independent schools have been working hard to keep fees affordable to parents – as evidenced by the below-inflation fees rise seen last year.

“While they will look to make efficiencies, between two-thirds and three-quarters of any school’s budget goes on staff, who are the most valuable resource in any school.

“Rather than taxing education, we want to work with Labour on our shared goal of a great education for every child, building on the more than 9,000 partnerships already in place across schools in the UK.”