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LABOUR STUDIES CHILD BENEFIT TAX PLAN FOR EDUCATION

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Labour is to consider proposals to place a legal obligation on parents to attend regular meetings with teachers and...
Labour is to consider proposals to place a legal obligation on parents to attend regular meetings with teachers and to tax child benefit to give the poorest families home tuition vouchers, reported the Times (Jan 6, p2).

Professor Michael Barber, a Labour adviser and member of the government's school improvement team, detailed his proposals at the North of England Education Conference in Gateshead.

He called for the establishment of 1,000 homework centres and extra support for four million children from disadvantaged homes. Shadow education secretary David Blunkett said the plans were interesting and promised to examine them.

Education Secretary Gillian Shephard ruled out taxing child benefit.
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