Yorkshire families calling for more affordable school term holidays

Published: Wednesday 27th May 2015 by KCFM

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Parents say it’s unfair they’re being charged extra to take a family holiday during half-term.

90% of families in Hull are calling for travel companies to make travelling during school holidays more affordable.

Almost 80% believe it’s unfair that they’re charged premium rates just for going on holiday during school term time.

And 40% have now asked for a ‘travel ombudsman’ to be created to help regulate the prices.

Under the current system, parents face a £60 fine per child, rising to £120 if not paid within 21 days, if they remove their child from school without permission.

If they continue to fail to pay, they could also face a jail term sentence of up to three months or an overall fine of £2,500, if convicted.

Frank Brehany from Holiday Travel Watch believes the government and travel companies need to work together:

“There needs to be a wider dialogue, with government, with consumers because we’re talking about hardworking parents and families who are trying to do the best for themselves and their children, and something needs to give.”

He believes an ombudsman would make the government and travel companies work together:

“It’s taking advantage of quite a chunk of the workforce who are limited. There is nothing that would stop an ombudsman from forcing the parties to find a solution which is fair on them, but equally it has to be fair on the consumer as well.”

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Published: Wednesday 27th May 2015 by KCFM

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