Rise in number of fines handed out for holiday absences

There has been a sharp rise in the number of parents fined for taking their children out of school for a holiday, according to new research.

A study by the BBC showed that the number of fines has risen by 70%.

Thirty-four councils responded to questions and the total number of fines was almost 5,300.

MPs recently debated the issue holiday pricing in and out of term-time after more than 160,000 people signed an e-petition demanding travel companies stop charging more.

However, many in the industry have argued that higher prices are due to off-peak holidays being heavily discounted.

Head teachers have the power to grant holiday requests at their discretion but it is not a parental right.

One authority that has seen a significant rise in fines is Liverpool City Council. The number of fines handed out has risen 158% to 250 between autumn 2012 and 2013.

“We have the best figures for the autumn term that we’ve ever had,” Ron Collinson, the council’s head attendance officer told the BBC.

“Part of that improvement is certainly due to this particular piece of work.”

Sourced by TTG Digital

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