In the last three years the taxpayers of the United Kingdom have spent £500m on sending government officials’ children to private schools, after a successful Freedom of Information battle.

For example, last year, the Foreign Office spent £27million on the schooling of 717 diplomats children.

The Mirror report:

Of the 717 diplomats’ children who get the Continuity of Education Allowance from the Foreign Office, four attend £30,000-a-year Eton where David Cameron was a pupil.

Another six children go to Winchester College, where Chancellor George Osborne went, while two attend top public girls’ school Roedean.

Another five attend £24,000-a-year Wellington College while one diplomat sends their child to Gordonstoun, where Prince Charles was educated.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.