Support 'Drop the Learning Tax'

19 January 2015

Shrewsbury Sixth Form College Support for the Campaign to Drop the Learning Tax

No young person should be disadvantaged because of the type of institution in which they choose to study.  As it stands, colleges have to spend significant sums of money on VAT, when schools and academies are exempt.  For a Sixth Form College like Shrewsbury this means paying close to £200k back to the government rather than investing in the education of students.

Introducing a VAT refund scheme for sixth form colleges would help to ensure that students in the sector receive the same level of investment in their education as students in school or academy sixth forms. 

Sixth form colleges also have to pay 20% VAT on capital expenditure. This means that our recent refurbishments to the English Bridge and Welsh Bridge campuses have cost much more than would be the case in a similar school or academy. 

At times of austerity in public sector funding, the pinch of the cost of VAT is keenly felt.

The Sixth Form Colleges Association has launched a national campaign to remove the imposition of VAT and an online petition can be found on  

I hope that parents, students, supports of SSFC and their families and friends will support this campaign which could make a huge difference to students in the county. 

Martin Ward