Families save on average £700 on flights and hotels, which more than outweighs the penalty imposed by local authorities
FINING parents who take their kids on holiday during term time doesn’t work as a deterrent, according to new research.
Families save almost £700 on flights and hotels, which more than outweighs the £60 penalty imposed by local authorities.
Seven out of 10 parents who have taken their children out of school without consent say they’ve been fined, says a poll for online flight booker Kiwi.com.
But half of them say they’d do it again.
Two thirds of those quizzed said they were against the fines.
Last month the Supreme Court ruled against businessman Jon Platt, from the Isle of Wight who, refused to pay a fine for taking his seven-year-old daughter to Disney World, Florida. After the hearing he said the move would “criminalise millions of parents”.
Parents who had taken their children out of school in term-time and estimated they’d saved £686 as a result.
Almost six out of 10 (58 per cent) said they would take their children on holiday during term-time.
The poll also revealed that 81 per cent of parents think holiday costs are too high during July and August, and is the main reason they take their children out of school during term-time.
Visiting family and relatives abroad is also a contributing factor to term-time absences as it seems getting everyone together can only ever be done around universal and expensive holiday periods such as Christmas and the Summer holidays.
Almost half (44 per cent) of parents have taken their children out of school for family/relative related reasons.
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Stephen Davis at Kiwi.com said: “Each year the school holiday period heavily impacts the cost of flights abroad, meaning families have to pay unnecessary premiums for their annual trip abroad, or battle with colleagues to bag the holiday time from work first to avoid missing out.”
Almost half of parents (48 per cent) find it hard to get the time off work during the holidays as they are competing with so many other parent colleagues who want the time off.
“This has resulted in arguments with management and colleagues, being bullied into taking time off, and even feeling so pressured that they have considered leaving their jobs.”