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The father who won a recent high Court has set up a company, School Fines Refunds Ltd, to help parents try to get their money back.

Jon Platt won a legal battle against his local education authority after refusing to pay a fine for taking his daughter on a term-time holiday.

See here for a PlanetSKI story from the time with all the background to the case.

Now he wants to help 100s of thousands of parents who have paid the £120 fine.

"Parents are contacting me in their hundreds about this. Local authorities are fining people based upon a single day - or two days, or sometimes five days - of unauthorised absence when they had no reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence had been committed," he told the BBC R4 programme, You & Yours, this week.

"Hundreds of thousands of parents have paid millions of pounds in fines when they did absolutely nothing wrong. The only reason they paid them was the fear of the consequences of going to magistrates' court," he added.

See here for a link to the programme. The interview begins at 1-minute in.

"We will take tens of thousands of cases through the courts and local authorities will have to explain to a judge why they thought it was within their power to fine parents who had done nothing wrong and there are al kinds of precedents standing behind this," said John Platt.

He set the company up this month using £6,000 of his own money.

He runs a claims management company on the Isle of Wight but he denied that he was doing it for personal financial gain and said he didn't expect to make a penny from the business.

Many skiing parents have been fined for taking a term-time holiday and some family ski companies, including Ski Famille, have spoken out again the new regulations.

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