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Council-by-council: Parents fined for term-time travel

Thousands of families with children at school are being issued with fines for holidaying while overseas travel prices are lower. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA

Thousands of fines have been issued this school year to parents who have taken their children on unauthorised holidays to apparently avoid rocketing travel costs during term breaks, ITV News has found.

The survey, conducted as MPs come to debate whether travel firms should curb the rising price of out-of-term holidays, received figures from councils across the country and confirmed thousands of pounds have been raised by the charge system.

East Sussex Council alone has received nearly £20,000 from less than 500 fines issued over the last six months.

The local authorities confirmed the number and scale of the fines issued from September last year to the present day and how many families are facing court action for failing to pay them:

Bedford Council

No. of fines issued for unauthorised time off in term-time for holiday travel: 98

Total value of these fines: £14,820

No. of families facing potential court action for non-payment: 5

Coventry Council

No. of fines: 133

Total value: Figure not disclosed.

Families to court: Figure not disclosed.

Durham Council

No. of fines: 80

Total value: £3,360

Families to court: 15

East Sussex Council

No. of fines: 489

Total value: £19,820

Families to court: Figure not disclosed.

MPs will debate the rising cost of holidaying in school breaks after thousands signed an online petition. Credit: epetitions.direct.gov.uk

Kent Council

No. of fines: 1,306

Total value: Figure not disclosed.

Families to court: Figure not disclosed.

Leeds Council

No. of fines: 366

Total value: Figure not disclosed.

Families to court: Figure not disclosed.

Liverpool Council

No. of fines: 250

Total value: £15,540

Families to court: Figure not disclosed.

Nottinghamshire Council

No. of fines: 44

Total value: Figure not disclosed.

Families to court: 38

Staffordshire Council

No. of fines: 3

Total value: £180

Families to court: 0

Wolverhampton Council

No. of fines: 27

Total value: Figure not disclosed.

Families to court: Figure not disclosed.

Worcestershire Council

No. of fines: 50

Total value: Figure not disclosed.

Families to court: 0

ITV News is still awaiting a response from a number of other councils contacted during the survey.