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Rule shake-up means ALL families face £120 fine if they take their kids on holiday during school time


ALL families will face coughing up a £120 fine if they take their kids on holiday during school-time under a rules shake-up.

Councils currently decide on whether to issue a fine of £120 to parents taking their kids out of school for a jolly.

Families could be slapped with a £120 fine if holidaying during term-time

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Families could be slapped with a £120 fine if holidaying during term-timeCredit: Getty

It means some parents will be fined while others won’t, depending on who their local authority is.

But in a crackdown to stop children from missing lessons, the government said all parents could face a £120 fine if they do this.

In a consultation published on Friday, plans hint that registers of pupils could be kept electronically.

It could see local councils able to access all attendance data for schools in their area.

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Parents whose children have five days of unauthorised absence or lateness within one term, take holidays during term-time, or are out in public during the first five days of an exclusion will face a fixed penalty notice, plans suggest.

Families would face a maximum of two fines for each child within the school year.

And parents could even face prosecution if these limits are breached.

The Government said it wanted to end a “postcode lottery” where parents are fined for absence in some areas and not in others.

The plans will come as a blow to families on a budget who can’t afford to take their kids on holiday during official school holidays, when prices spike.

It’s not the only fines you could face this summer.

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While simply taking pebbles from the beach could land you with a £1,000 fine if caught.

And having a BBQ by the sea could mean a £100 fine too.

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