A quick comment (which is just a bit too long for a Tweet) on the recent court case!
The Charities Commission under the leadership of the dreaded Suzi Leather has sought to impose onerous “public benefit” criteria on independent schools who wish to enjoy charitable status. Whatever her stated reasons, this looks all too much like a left/liberal attack on private education generally, and would have imposed very heavy additional costs on schools.
As a result of the legal action, it seems that schools will have much more discretion as to how they satisfy the public benefit criterion.
But I can’t see why they have to jump through hoops and offer widespread scholarships and bursaries at all. It seems to me that every child educated privately in a fee-paying school has saved the public purse five or six thousands pounds a year. If that’s not a public benefit for all taxpayers, then I don’t know what is.