"public" schools as charities

"public" schools as charities

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Achstetten, Germany

#1 Sep 25, 2012
Until recently I did not realise that schools for the rich, such as Eton College, were registered charities. To me that seems to be against the law because a charity has to be "exclusively" charitable and clearly that is not the case for these schools as they are businesses that sell education for the rich and privileged. Fair enough. And maybe the parents should get rebates because they take the burden off the state sector. And maybe such establishments should get a reduction of their business rates because they are non-profit organisations providing education (if we ignore the golf course, rowing, dressage and the hunting beagle pack) but why are they registered charities? To me, this is an abuse and an insult to the concept of "charity" in the UK. And if the Charity Commission are independent of government politics and are supposed to protect and promote charities in the UK then have have they not stopped this?

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