Southport MP John Pugh: Give heads discretion to permit term-time holidays May 16th, 2016 jmr jmr Latest News Shares Comments By Caron Lindsay Southport MP John Pugh: Give heads discretion to permit term-time holidays After a ruling in favour of a father who refused to pay the £120 fine imposed by his local council for taking his 6 year old to Florida during term-time. Southport Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh has now called on the Government to change its policy John Pugh said: “I have argued that current rules hurt families on low and middle incomes. It was an arbitrary threat that hurt those who work hard, save and want to take their family away for a few days. Liberal Democrats believe head teachers should be given the power and freedom to grant up to 10 days absence a year. Otherwise, the combination of steep prices during school holidays and seasonal working patterns mean some families will never have the chance to take a break together. Enabling children to visit extended family or visit new places can also be a valuable learning experience.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!