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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Term-time holiday fines for parents top £900k

Term-time holiday fines for parents top £900k
Term-time holiday fines for parents top £900k


Term-time holiday fines for parents top £900k


PARENTS who took their children out of school during term time have handed over almost £1million in fines during the last four years.

Figures obtained by the Telegraph and Argus through a Freedom of Information request found 17,821 parents received a fine for their child's unauthorised absence and Bradford Council collected £900,720 - but 3,091 have not been paid.

According to the Education Act 1996, "parents are responsible for ensuring their child receives efficient full time education that is suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have."



The law states parents can be fined £60 per pupil if they do not comply.

Kirkless Council has collected £441,180 from 6,167 fines in the last four years, however, a further 4,557 were unpaid.

Controversy continues to surround the issue of fining parents for taking children out of school.

Critics of the system argue that holidays are much cheaper when they are taken outside of the school's designated time off, but others say children's learning can be disrupted by missing class work.




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