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Fee-share ban

Private schools have been told that sharing information on proposed fee increases is against the law. The news came from the Independent Schools Council after a meeting with the Office of Fair Trading. It followed the OFT's decision to investigate allegations of price-fixing after reports that bursars at top private schools, including Eton and Winchester colleges, exchanged information on fees and salary costs. Fees went up this year on average by a record 9.5 per cent.

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