The Chartered Institute of Taxation today launches Tax Talking - a very worthy effort to help schools with the citizenship module of the national curriculum.
The citizenship syllabus includes a section on taxes – why the money is collected and how it is spent.
Together with the Association of Taxation Technicians, the CIOT has produced information to help both teachers and students, but there is a nagging worry. Should it not be down to the Department Education and Skills, to produce such material to avoid accusations of education privatisation?
As an organisation with charitable status, the CIOT is acting within its remit, and has been at pains to point out there was no commercial sponsorship of the project. It is to be hoped that opponents of the public finance initiative and other public-private partnerships do not seize on this innovative way of promoting the joy of tax as another example of creeping privatisation