60% more families fined for holidaying in term time

27 April 2012

There has been a 60% rise in the number of £50 fines given out to parents for taking their children out of school during term time to go on holiday in the past year, a study by LV= travel insurance has found.

And 12% of parents admit to getting around the fines by lying about the reason for the trip, with the main excuses being an ill child or a sick relative.

Three in ten UK parents have plans to arrange holidays during school term time this year to save money.

Taking a holiday during the term can cost nearly 50% less than going during the school holidays and more than half of parents admit they have done this before.

Parents can also have trouble taking holidays in peak times and 26% say they have no other choice but to go at this time, according to the study.

"The difference in price for taking a trip during the school holidays and during term time is huge. It is not surprising that so many parents are willing to risk a fine of £60 when they can save ten times that by holidaying outside of the peak season," says Selwyn Fernandes, managing director of LV=.

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