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View JRW2's Profile JRW2 Flag Dulwich 08 Jun 24 3.09pm Send a Private Message to JRW2 Add JRW2 as a friend

Slightly off topic, the fee-charging schools should swallow the extra 20% by cutting their staff to pupil ratio. I attended such a school in the 50s (on a free place I hasten to add), where there were 1400 pupils and 70 teaching staff, i.e., 20:1. There are now almost the same number of pupils and 230 teachers, i.e., 6:1. The pupil to teacher ratio in the state secondary sector is 17:1.

 

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View jonesy's Profile jonesy Flag surrey 08 Jun 24 4.23pm Send a Private Message to jonesy Add jonesy as a friend

Hello all,

Long time reader/ (probably) first time poster.

Doesn’t each pupil in the Independent sector save the State about £7k? They will need to generate a lot of tax to cover it.

It will also be interesting to see if without the need to show charitable work if these schools start charging the State sector the going rate to use their facilities rather than letting them in for free? It would probably put access to facilities beyond the reach of a lot of primary schools.

I wonder if they will then add VAT to the Private health care system? Maybe they already do!

 

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View highbury eagle's Profile highbury eagle Flag Islington 12 Jun 24 9.02pm Send a Private Message to highbury eagle Add highbury eagle as a friend

But Grammar schools operate within the state system. They don't charge fees, they simply have a selective entry system.

Originally posted by ASCPFC


It's not really a one size fits all situation. A lot of Grammar schools, for example, take in a large percentage of non fee paying kids and give them a better education. They are sometimes ran on a non profit basis with profits (if there are any) being used for more scholarships or investment in facilities that often the wider community can access. However, we also have places like Eton and Gordonstoun which are the elite - however, in those I think many have the total wrong idea about who goes there. It used to be the government and royalty set but it's a lot more diverse these days. I would agree with places like Eton and Gordonstoun being charged more - they often cry poverty which seems unlikely. However, your local grammar school is likely a completely different case.

 


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View HKOwen's Profile HKOwen Flag Hong Kong 17 Jun 24 6.21am Send a Private Message to HKOwen Add HKOwen as a friend

The VAT on school fees is ideology driven, financially it makes no sense. Labour have no idea how many students might need to change to the state sector, particularly in areas of special needs. No good having a place available in Devon if you live in Suffolk.

 


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View HKOwen's Profile HKOwen Flag Hong Kong 17 Jun 24 6.27am Send a Private Message to HKOwen Add HKOwen as a friend

Originally posted by jonesy

Hello all,

Long time reader/ (probably) first time poster.

Doesn’t each pupil in the Independent sector save the State about £7k? They will need to generate a lot of tax to cover it.

It will also be interesting to see if without the need to show charitable work if these schools start charging the State sector the going rate to use their facilities rather than letting them in for free? It would probably put access to facilities beyond the reach of a lot of primary schools.

I wonder if they will then add VAT to the Private health care system? Maybe they already do!

Insurance premiums are currently not subject to VAT, I would not be surprised if that comes in.

 


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View Eden Eagle's Profile Eden Eagle Flag Kent 17 Jun 24 6.31am Send a Private Message to Eden Eagle Add Eden Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by HKOwen

Insurance premiums are currently not subject to VAT, I would not be surprised if that comes in.

Insurance premiums are taxed under Insurance Premium Tax which is charged at 12%

 

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Originally posted by HKOwen

The VAT on school fees is ideology driven, financially it makes no sense. Labour have no idea how many students might need to change to the state sector, particularly in areas of special needs. No good having a place available in Devon if you live in Suffolk.

Numerous party policies are ideology-driven. We all have the chance to vote on them. It seems that lots of people are willing to vote for this onr, including many who ideologically have always voted Conservative. That's how democracy works. You could argue that leaving the EU was driven by ideology. I personally didn't vote for it, but I accept that the majority of those who voted DID do so; so be it.

 


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View HKOwen's Profile HKOwen Flag Hong Kong 17 Jun 24 8.35am Send a Private Message to HKOwen Add HKOwen as a friend

But, the policy makes no financial or educational sense.

I agree that won't stop it's implementation

 


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Originally posted by Eden Eagle

Insurance premiums are taxed under Insurance Premium Tax which is charged at 12%

Yes, not VAT though yet

 


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Originally posted by YT

Numerous party policies are ideology-driven. We all have the chance to vote on them. It seems that lots of people are willing to vote for this onr, including many who ideologically have always voted Conservative. That's how democracy works. You could argue that leaving the EU was driven by ideology. I personally didn't vote for it, but I accept that the majority of those who voted DID do so; so be it.

What is the source for the claim many who have always supported Conservatives support this particular policy? I have not seen that poll or survey

 


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Originally posted by HKOwen

The VAT on school fees is ideology driven, financially it makes no sense. Labour have no idea how many students might need to change to the state sector, particularly in areas of special needs. No good having a place available in Devon if you live in Suffolk.

I'm again going to ask what is wrong with policies being 'ideology driven'? As someone else said, Brexit is the ultimate 'ideology driven' policy - should it be discredited on that basis alone?

Financially it makes complete sense to charge private schools VAT - it raises tax revenue and addresses a clear and obvious imbalance in society.

I asked this previously but don't think it got picked up;

Can you make a case as to why the taxpayer should be subsidising the richest in society to go to better schools? Not logistical challenges that a change might produce, but an actual case as to why the current status quo is a good policy for society?

 

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Originally posted by EverybodyDannsNow

I'm again going to ask what is wrong with policies being 'ideology driven'? As someone else said, Brexit is the ultimate 'ideology driven' policy - should it be discredited on that basis alone?

Financially it makes complete sense to charge private schools VAT - it raises tax revenue and addresses a clear and obvious imbalance in society.

I asked this previously but don't think it got picked up;

Can you make a case as to why the taxpayer should be subsidising the richest in society to go to better schools? Not logistical challenges that a change might produce, but an actual case as to why the current status quo is a good policy for society?

Same old Labour. Taxing the middle class to pay for layabouts.

You need to understand that the vast majority of people are not 'rich'.
Only a tiny percentage of people are beyond money concerns.

 

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