Rishi Sunak and his wife donate more than $130,000 to British boarding school Winchester College

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his wife have donated more than £100,000 ($131,000) to Winchester College, one of Britain’s most expensive private schools.

Mr Sunak, who attended the school, and his wife, Akshata Murthy, are listed jointly in the latest edition of his magazine, the Wykeham Newspaperas “benefactors of Wykeham”.

This means they have made donations to the school, including pledges, totaling more than £100,000 ($131,000).

Donations fund scholarships for children whose parents could not otherwise send them there.

The disclosure, reported by Sky News, comes at a time when Mr Sunak has been accused of being disconnected from ordinary families struggling with the rising cost of living.

He was criticized, including by some Tories, for not doing enough to help low-income people in the statement last spring.

“Rishi and his wife have donated to numerous charities and philanthropic causes for many years and will continue to do so,” a spokeswoman for the Chancellor said.

“These donations are made to help fund scholarships for children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Winchester.”

For the job, shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson said Mr Sunak should end tax breaks for private schools like Winchester and use the money raised to invest in the public education system.

“Britain should have the best public schools in the world.

“But after 12 years of Tory neglect, four in 10 of our children are leaving school without the qualifications they need,” she said.

“Rishi Sunak has previously said he is ‘at the maximum’ of support he can give our public schools, but he continues to hand out billions in taxpayer grants to elite private schools.

“Labour would end the tax giveaway that Rishi Sunak distributes to his alumni network and use the money to improve every public school instead, ensuring that everyone leaves education ready for work and ready for the life.”

Updated: April 05, 2022, 10:17 p.m.

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