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CONFUSION OVER TERM-TIME HOLIDAY FINES
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Some local councils in England have dropped court cases against parents over term-time holidays following a recent court victory by one father.

Jon Platt had refused to pay a fine after taking his daughter on a family holiday during term-time.

Recently the High Court ruled in his favour as he argued his daughter had a good attendance record - we reported on it here on PlanetSKI at the time.

Now a BBC investigation has gathered details on the impact of the case from more than half of England's councils.

Ten councils had dropped cases, six had suspended issuing fines and 11 were reviewing their policies.

See here for further details on the BBC story.

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The issue has a big impact on skiing as prices during the busy half-term week and other holiday periods are considerably higher that at other times of the winter ski season.

The government has offered financial backing for the Isle of Wight council, where Mr Platt lives, to appeal to the Supreme Court and clarify the situation.

New rules introduced in September 2013 indicated that children can only be taken out of school during term time in 'exceptional circumstances'.

Parents who took their children out of school could be fined £60 which then rises to £120 if it is not paid within three weeks.

Parents who refuse to pay could be fined up to a maximum of £2,500 fine or up to three months in jail.

Mr Platt meanwhile is offering a legal claims service for other parents who have been fined to try to overturn the ruling - see here for that earlier story on PlanetSKI.

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