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Phillipson blames private schools for “devaluing” the middle classes in the dispute over VAT on fees

Phillipson blames private schools for “devaluing” the middle classes in the dispute over VAT on fees

Phillipson blames private schools for “devaluing” the middle classes in the dispute over VAT on fees

The Labor Party has responded to criticism of its plans to impose VAT on private schools, blaming inflation-beating school fee rises over the years for “leaving out the middle classes”.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent, shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson suggested that above-inflation fee increases at private schools had made it politically easier for Labor to impose a 20 per cent VAT on fees to fund 6,500 more public school teachers. She said private schools had already “discarded” middle-class families.

“I think that private schools, because they have increased their fees far beyond inflation, year after year, have priced themselves out of the reach of many middle-class parents who, in the past, would have sought out independent schools and might have considered that as an option,” he said.