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News - 9 August 2014

Increase in fines for term-time holidays.

 Since the government banned term-time holidays in September 2013, there have been almost 64,000 fines issued, a rise of nearly 70% according to local authority data.

 
The ban has drawn opposition from parents, with hundreds of thousands signing petitions against the new rules and calling for the government to take action against holiday companies who raise their prices at peak times.
 
Campaigner Stewart Sutherland was himself fined for taking his three children out of school for five days told the BBC; “"It's now becoming the case that family holidays are just for the rich because so many working people either can't afford it or can't get the time off outside school terms.”
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The figures suggest that in England, parents received over 63,000 fines compared to the 37,000 the previous year. Some fines will have been for truancy or repeated poor attendance, but most were for parents who took children on holiday during term time.”
 
From last September new regulations have meant that school heads can no longer grant 10 days' holiday "in special circumstances". However, they can still allow extended leave for more than 10 school days "in exceptional circumstances".
 
A spokesman said:
"When the government came to office, the number of children missing school regularly was far too high. We do understand the concerns of parents, however, and are introducing new rules to give all schools the power to choose their own term dates.”
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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