Independent School Fees: VAT

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking 4:30, 21 February 2024

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Several headteachers of independent schools in my constituency of Woking have come to me and said that they are worried that many parents will not able to afford to keep their children at their schools with the VAT increase, and one or two are worried about the future of their schools. My hon. Friend has had conversations with the independent sector and the groups representing it; has Labour taken into account that there might be a massive increase in students having to go to the state sector due to schools closing, which would completely kibosh any potential financial gains it is claiming?