Private schools can keep their tax breaks now that Tories are in government again

Yes, that’s right. Theresa May managed to dupe some of you into voting for her in the belief that she’d tax those incredibly expensive private schools properly – but, now that she’s back in Downing Street, she’s not going to do it.

What does that make her?

A liar.

In fact, This Writer reckons it’s time we all admitted that she – and all the other Tories – were lying through their teeth throughout the general election campaign.

The Conservative Manifesto was a blatant work of fiction.

Still, no use crying over spilt school breakfasts, eh?

Instead, let’s just remember the lesson to be learned from the general election:

Conservatives are liars.

Next time you vote, remember that.

Theresa May has been accused of “yet another U-turn” after dumping a pledge to strip private schools of their lucrative tax breaks if they refuse to help their state school neighbours.

The Conservative election manifesto vowed that independent schools would be required to sponsor academies, forge partnerships, or offer extra bursaries to poorer children to retain their charitable status.

However, it now emerges that an advice service has been set up instead, suggesting that the plan has been quietly dropped.

The move was criticised immediately by Angela Rayner, Labour’s education spokeswoman, who said: “Ministers are ripping up the manifesto on which they stood just months ago page by page.

“The Education Secretary has had to give up on providing free breakfasts, abolishing free lunches, opening new grammar schools, sticking to her free schools target, the healthy pupil fund, and now she is refusing to deliver yet another election promise.”

Read more: Theresa May quietly drops manifesto promise to strip tax breaks from private schools

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3 thoughts on “Private schools can keep their tax breaks now that Tories are in government again

  1. NMac

    I note that an ex-Head of Harrow School is pleading poverty and his old school had no money in the Bank. That didn’t stop the Tories from forcing State Schools to sell off land and other assets. Tories are lying hypocrites.

  2. Barry Davies

    The Tory manifesto states that private schools must sponsor an academy or set up a free school, as part of plans to create the “world’s great meritocracy”.

    In a move that will be seen as a warning that private schools will not be able to ignore the demand, the Tories said that they are “keeping open the option of changing the tax status of independent schools if progress is not made”.

    This manifesto was produced in May so only 4 months ago, maybe if we wait and see rather than wanting everything in place yesterday. After all the schools have to get their acts together.

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