Parents to be fined £1,000 for taking children on holiday during term time

iNews is reporting that Lancashire County Council has warned parents that they could be fined up to £1,000 if they take their children out of school to go on holiday.

Letters were sent out last week in the county notifying families about the steep penalty for those who go against the rules and take pupils on cheap holidays during term time. 

The new scheme which is planned could see a family with two children at the same school receiving a £4,000 fine.

Elsewhere in the country, parents are currently given a fixed penalty of £120 per child – ten times less than what the local council are proposing.

Since September 2013, headteachers in England have no longer had the discretion to approve absences of up to 10 days a year for family holidays in “special circumstances”.

The new rules introduced tougher criteria of “exceptional circumstances”, restricting it to absences for events such as funerals of family members.

Lancashire issued 7,575 fines last year, up from 6,876 in 2016-17, a sign that its policy was not deterring unauthorised absence.

Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “We are considering any possible action that could be taken in the future to reduce unauthorised absences. This is at an early stage.”

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