SNP MPs will vote for Labour plan to slap VAT on private school fees

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SNP leader John Swinney has said he supports Labour on imposing VAT on private school fees.

The First Minister said SNP MPs will vote for the revenue-generating policy if brought forward by Keir Starmer.

Under the Labour proposal, 20pc VAT would be slapped on school fees and the £1.5bn raised ploughed into state schools.

Around £150m would be redirected to Holyrood, which Labour says should be spent on schools north of the border.

Private schools have claimed the move will lead to pupils leaving the sector and burdening comprehensives.

But Labour have denied class sizes will rise and point to research which points to falling school rolls.

Swinney, who is pitching to the Left of Labour in the general election, told the Record his party at Westminster will back the policy:

“I am sympathetic to the points they bring forward on VAT and private schools.”

“I understand where they are coming from.”

He compared the move to the SNP Government ensuring private schools in Scotland pay non-domestic business rates.

Labour and the SNP support the VAT policy, but the Tories and Lib Dems are against it.

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