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.”


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