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A father who was fined £630 after taking his three children on holiday during school term time has said the decision had nothing to do with saving money on out-of-season fares.
Stewart Sutherland, from Telford, told ITV News Central that he feels angry and bitter:
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Stewart Sutherland has described the new regulations that resulted in him and his wife getting fined for taking their kids on holiday during term time as a farce.
Speaking outside the court, the Ministry of Defence guard told reporters: "The people who make these laws and policies don't live in the real world."
Parents Stewart and Natasha Sutherland have been fined a total of £630 for taking their children on holiday during term time without authorisation. They will have to pay a total of £993 including costs and a victim surcharge.
A couple are due to appear in court today after taking their three children on holiday to Rhodes during the school term and refusing to pay a subsequent fine.
Stewart and Natasha Sutherland now face a maximum fine of 2,500 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.
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Telford & Wrekin Council have issued a statement in relation to the case of a couple taken to court for refusing to pay a fine after taking their children on holiday during school term-time.
A couple are due in court today after taking their three children on an unauthorised holiday to Greece during the school term time and refusing to pay a subsequent fine.
New guidelines introduced last year, under Section 444 of the Education Act, 1996, mean schools are not obliged to give pupils leave during term, except in "exceptional circumstances".
Stewart and Natasha Sutherland were initially given a fine of £360, that they refused to pay, which then doubled to £720 after 21 days.
Mr Sutherland told the Daily Mail: "I informed the school after the summer holidays that we were taking the children out for six days. At that point, I wasn’t even aware of the new legislation.
"We had a letter back warning that as the time off was not authorised we could be fined, but the holiday was already booked and paid for - what could I do?"
In a statement, Telford & Wrekin Council said the school involved had instructed it to issue the fine notice and "legally this has to be done by the Council".
“If the fine is not paid the Council must take further legal steps, as it has in this case".
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A couple have fallen foul of tightened regulations after being fined £630 for taking their children out of school for a week-long holiday.