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Braintree: Families tempted by special holiday deals in term time
10:00am Saturday 29th September 2012 in News
Defiant parents are continuing to pull their children out of school for cheaper holidays, despite a huge rise in the number of absence fines.
Mums and dads claim it is cheaper to book a break in term time and pay a fine, than face inflated school holiday prices.
There has been a 400 per cent increase in the number of fines dished out over the past five years.
They have risen from 51 in 2007/2008 to 261 last year.
Headteachers said holiday companies’ prices are part of the problem.
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