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Are holiday companies ripping off families?

A father from Essex has spearheaded a campaign against school holiday price hikes.

Peter Higgins says parents are being "ripped off" by holiday companies who are taking advantage of the high demand and threat of fines during the school breaks.

His e-petition, begun with the help of an Essex mother, already has more than 150,000 signatures but he says it's been ignored by government.

Mr Higgins wants a cap imposed on holiday companies so they can only increase prices by a certain amount during school breaks.

His petition explains: "Family time is so much more essential in the current working world, but so many people cannot afford holidays in school holidays.

"It's time to stop the holiday companies cashing in on school holidays and let parents have some guilt free family time!"