Government to crack down on parents taking kids on cheaper term-time holidays

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By Linsey McNeill
29/02/2024
Home » Government to crack down on parents taking kids on cheaper term-time holidays

The Government in England is to increase fines for parents who take their children out of school for unauthorised holidays by a third.

The fines will rise from a minimum of £60 to £80 for those who pay within 21 days, rising to £160 for parents who delay payment.

The increase is expected to take effect from September, and, under new guidelines issued by the Department for Education, councils must consider fines if a student misses at least five days of school in an unauthorised absence.

The crackdown comes after Government figures revealed that at least 356,000 kids skipped school in England in 2022-23 to go on unauthorised holidays.

A recent survey by comparison site Go. Compare revealed that, on average, a package during the school summer holidays will cost £276 per person more than last year, but families can save at least £100 per person less travelling during term-time.

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