Keir Starmer faces backlash over planned 20% VAT hike on private school fees

Sir Keir Starmer was facing a fierce backlash last night over a proposed ‘class-war’ tax of 20 per cent on private schools, which critics said would restrict access for all but the children of the super-rich.

The Labour leader, who was a pupil at Reigate Grammar School when it transitioned into a fee-paying institution, has pledged to strip private schools of their charitable status if he becomes Prime Minister – meaning their fees will be subject to VAT.

Schools can claim the status in return for acts that benefit the local community, such as sharing their facilities with neighbouring state schools.

If they lose the status, it is estimated that more than 90,000 children would have to switch from private to state schools because their parents would be priced out.

Fees at the most prestigious institutions have reached up to £44,000 – but would hit nearly £53,000 a year. Parents would have to find more than £370,000 for one child’s seven-year stint at secondary school.

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