Myth-nomer

17th November 1995 at 00:00
Once again the myth that the Assisted Places Scheme provides a valuable opportunity for children from low-income families is being perpetuated (TES, November 3).

There is no evidence to support this wild claim as no one can prove how those children would have performed in any other school they attended.

However, there is significant evidence to prove, as the Government must be well aware, that many of those using the Assisted Places Scheme are not from low-income families nor from inner-city areas. Perhaps the Government, before deciding to double this scheme, should consider why it needs to be doubled when the current scheme is undersubscribed?

At the same time it may wish to eradicate the abuses of the present scheme.

It is not a scheme only for low-income families, it can benefit all those who are self-employed or who do not pay income tax through PAYE.

There would be a significant drop in applications if accountants were not allowed to submit applications on behalf of their clients.

John Major may believe in a "classless society" but I wasn't aware that this concept had been extended to provide low-income families with their own accountants.

ROSS MADEN 7 The Lea Kidderminster Worcestershire

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