Diplomats claim millions from taxpayer for private school fees

Emma Woollacott
Eton College
Eton College

The British tax-payer forked out nearly £15 million on private school fees for the children of diplomats last year - and the bill continues to rise.

According to a Daily Mail investigation, 442 diplomats claimed the perk last year. While the cost is capped, the maximum amount claimable has been increasing faster than inflation, allowing the diplomats to claim up to £27,855 per child for fees at British boarding schools. The benefit continues to be paid even when staff return to the UK after their overseas posting.