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Antony Antoniou – Reform UK Northampton North
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
(PPC) 2024 General Election

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Let’s talk about education

In the UK, there are approximately 600,000 pupils who attend independent schools, formerly referred to as public schools. The average fee is £18,000 per child per year, and Labour are planning to add VAT to this, which will increase fees by roughly £3,600 per year per child. Considering that less than 5% of the workforce earn over £100,000 per year, it would be reasonable to estimate that no more than 10% of pupils in independent schools come from families who can comfortably afford these fees. The vast majority are everyday people working two jobs and making sacrifices to give their children a better start in life with a better education.

 

However, Labour despise this. They have meddled with education in the past and intend to do so again. This is little more than politics based on envy. They have not considered that less than 10% of children in independent schools come from families who would likely be able to afford the additional cost. This means that tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of children would be taken out of independent schools and placed into state schools, where they would cost the state far more than what would be raised in VAT.

How would our education system cope if, from September, there were an additional 200,000 to 300,000 pupils coming from independent schools back to state schools because their parents cannot afford the fees? Reform UK, on the other hand, understand that most parents are making a sacrifice to help their children attend independent schools. By sending their children to independent schools, they are also saving the state money, as the state would not have to spend money to educate these children.

Rather than add £3,600 on average to school fees, Reform UK would offer a 20% tax break to parents for sending their children to independent schools as a reward for contributing to their children’s education and saving the state money. Reform UK celebrates success and wishes to encourage it. The difference in what parents will pay for a child in an independent school under Reform UK and Labour is not just £3,600; it could be almost double that.

If you truly want to offer your children a better future, think very carefully and do not let Labour come to power. Thank you very much, and see you in the next video.

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