Greater Manchester parents hit with £280k truancy fines

Parents in Greater Manchester were hit with £280,000 in truancy fines last year Photo: Press Association

Parents in Greater Manchester were hit with £280,000 in truancy fines last year.

Education experts blamed parents deliberate flouting the rules in the search of term-time package holiday deals, when prices are significant lower.

A family of four flying to Corfu with Ryanair would save around £500 if they booked in June rather than August, while a Haven caravan holiday in Blackpool would be around half the price.

This year, truancy fines rose to £60 if paid within 28 days, or £120 if paid within 42 days, still far lower than the amount saved by booking a term-time holiday.

Last year, when the fines were £50 and £100, parents in Greater Manchester were handed fixed penalty notice and court fines worth a staggering £278,481 because their kids skipped school.