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Council raises nearly £15,000 in school holiday fines

Parents face fines if they take their children on holiday during term time. Credit: Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA.

Bedford Borough Council has issued nearly £15,000 in fines to parents who have taken their children on unauthorised holidays this school year.

ITV News asked all local authorities to provide figures for how much money had been raised as a result of the sanctions.

Bedford confirmed it had issued a total of 98 fines worth £14,820. Five families also face potential court action for non-payment.

Many parents are choosing to take the fines rather than pay to take their children on holiday during peak periods.

Today, MPs will debate the steep price rises charged by holiday companies during school breaks. A number of other local authorities have yet to respond to the request for information.

Another record high for house prices in the East

House prices have hit a record high in the east. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

House prices in the East of England have hit another record high.

The average cost of a home in this region is now £263,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In the East, the House Price Index - which measures how house prices change from one sale to the next - is now above its pre-financial crisis peak.

The charity Shelter has warned prices are "spiralling out of control".


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