VAT on fees will 'disrupt education' for thousands of pupils with SEND, warns ISC CEO

Posted on: 26 May 2024

ISC chief executive Julie Robinson called attention to the thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who do not have an EHCP, and therefore would not be exempt from VAT under Labour's tax plans.

Ms Robinson said: “Over 100,000 children and young people without an EHCP receive specialist SEND support in our schools.

“VAT on their parents’ fees will disrupt education for thousands of them, placing further strain on state SEND provision, which is already in crisis.

“Without a full impact assessment, Labour cannot say what the immediate effect of its policy would be on SEND services and local councils.

“There is a real risk that they would unintentionally pour fuel on a fire that is already very much ablaze.”