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Review of public benefit for fee-paying schools

A review, focusing on how fee-paying schools should provide sufficient public benefit to justify having charitable status, is to be undertaken following a successful application for a judicial review by the Independent Schools Council.

A group of senior judges will examine the Charity Commission’s guidance, available at http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk on public benefit to decide whether or not commission rulings on how fee-paying schools should meet the requirements are lawful.

The ISC believes the guidance places too much emphasis on the provision of bursaries, and that it is not consistent with charity case law. Read more about why the ISC believes Independent Schools are charities on their website http://www.isc.co.uk

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Date: 26th August, 2010
Author: Wendy Bambrick

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