School of Law

The charitable tax status of private schools

24 September 2019

Professor of International Human Rights Law, Geraldine Van Bueren, had a letter published in The Times addressing removing the charitable tax status of private schools.

She writes: “The European Convention on Human Rights does not require governments to subsidise private education through charitable tax relief. Nor does any other international treaty require the granting of preferential status to private schools. Although private schools have improved their support for children from poorer backgrounds, this does not equate with the monies saved from removing tax relief being invested (and hopefully augmented) in the state sector. All children could therefore benefit from the range of subjects and activities only available to a minority.”

Letter available on request.