Drop in holiday fines

    The number of fines issued to parents for taking their children out of Kent schools during term time has reduced again this year, Kent County Council has announced.

    From September 2016 to July 2017, 1,221 parents were fined for unauthorised absences, compared to 3,504 in 2015/16 and 4,726 in 2014/15. The drop follows a change in policy to fine only parents whose child’s attendance at school falls to 90 per cent or below.

    This follows a court case in which a parent was excused a fine for taking his daughter on holiday in term time because the child’s attendance was better than 90 per cent.