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More parents fined for school absences
More East Riding parents are being handed fines for taking their children out of school for term-time holidays, it has been revealed. Latest figures show East Riding of Yorkshire Council issued 594 £60 fixed penalties this year, compared to 168 in 2016. A council spokesman said the increase reflected a legal judgement handed down by the Supreme Court in April which gave a clear definition of irregular attendance.
He explained: “This definition meant that across the country, local authorities would no longer take into account overall attendance at the point of issuing a penalty notice.” Councillor Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for schools, said: “The Supreme Court judgement sent out a clear, unambiguous message to parents and schools that children ands young people should attend school on everyone possible occasion.”
If unpaid after 21 days, the £60 penalty is automatically doubled to £120.