Private schools save taxpayers £20bn a year by educating pupils that ‘would have gone to state schools’

PRIVATE schools save the taxpayer £20bn a year by educating pupils who would otherwise take up state places, it was reported last night.

Head teachers from fee-charging schools argued they provide employment, community facilities and tax contributions, The Times reports.

Heads of fee-charging schools claim they save taxpayers £20billion while providing employment, community facilities and tax contributions
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Heads of fee-charging schools claim they save taxpayers £20billion while providing employment, community facilities and tax contributions[/caption]

Last year the schools saved the taxpayer £3.5billion because children were not taking up state school places and also paid £4.1billion in tax, according to Oxford Economics.

Labour have previously vowed to add VAT to private school fees to pay for free school meals for state primary pupils and Theresa May promised to change their charitable status.



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