Balladen Community Primary School in Rossendale, Lancashire, warned parents that they could be fined £1,000 per child if they take children out of school for term-time holidays. The fine would be more than eight times greater than the £120 fixed penalty notice currently imposed on parents seeking to take advantage of cheaper holiday rates in term time.

As per ‘The Sunday Times’, Lancashire County Council has handed out more of the holiday penalties than any other local authority.

The warning said, “Lancashire County Council is currently trialling a new system for dealing with unauthorised holidays and breaks during term time.”

It added, “This involves an increase in the financial penalty to parents of up to £1000 per parent per child rather than the current fixed penalty notice of £120 per parent per child. This system is still at the pilot stage but please be aware this may come in to effect at some stage.”

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