In the latest of its lookingdown-the-back-of-the-sofafor-loose-change budgets, Peterborough City Council is planning to clampdown even harder on parents who take their kids out of school in term time.
The theory is fine, the motivation (another hidden tax) is shameful.
Does it ever occur to these pontificating politicians that the money parents have to cough up on fines could be spent on books?
If I took my eldest child out of school on the week before autumn half-term (when essentially all they do is play games) I could be fined £60.
If I used that week for a break at a well-known family holiday village it would cost me £499 making a dent in the family budget of £559.
If we went the week after, in half-term, I wouldn’t be fined but the holiday would cost me £1,549!
The council and national politicians should stop criminalising hard-working parents, and start penalising the moneygrabbing businesses.