Private schools have been told to provide more free places to children from poor homes – even if they claim to be full – or effectively face closure.
We had a system which supplied free places at private schools to the financially disadvantaged. It was called the assisted places scheme and it was abolished by the incoming Labour Government. This is just reinstating that system but with one important difference.
Before, the government thought that it benefitted the taxpayers that some poor children recieved such an education: breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation you might say. Because it did indeed benefit the taxpayer then the taxpayer paid for it.
Now the statement is that the taxpayer does benefit, that it is of benefit to society, but it should be the other users of the system that pay for it, not the taxpayers.
Put that way it doesn\’t look quite right, does it?