English private schools on alert as Scotland raises tax

Private schools in Scotland are to be forced to pay full business rates as part of a drive by Nicola Sturgeon that has been branded a class war.

Independent school leaders warned this weekend that parents could see hundreds of pounds added to their annual fees after the Scottish government announced the plans, which will cost the sector an extra £5m a year.

If the government in Westminster took a similar step, some smaller schools would have to close, head teachers warned.

Top schools such as Eton College are eligible for huge discounts on their business rates because, like most independent schools, they are charities. This saved Eton more than £500,000 last year.

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