Term time holiday fines up in East Yorkshire

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A growing number of parents in East Yorkshire are being fined for taking their children out of school during term time.

Figures show that Hull City Council issued a total of 488 fines from September to March, up 176 on the same period last year, charging mums and dads £60 for each unauthorised absence.

Fines rise to £120 they are not paid within 21 days, leaving parents even further out of pocket.

Emma Hardy from the Hull branch of the National Union of Teachers is calling for the fines to be abolished. She claims cases should be looked at individually, rather than grouped together by the current one-size-fits-all approach.

Head teachers in England were previously able to grant up to 10 days of leave a year for family holidays. But now, thanks to a change in the law, they are only able to grant absence in term time in exceptional circumstances.

Ms Hardy believes the fines could soon see family holidays become the preserve of the rich only, with poorer families missing out because they cannot afford to pay the increased prices during school holidays.

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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