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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

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.

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