Go-ahead for plan to fine parents over truancy

The Welsh Government wants to introduce fixed penalty notices for persistent truancy from 1 September.

It has published responses to a consultation which ended in February.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews put forward last November his plan for fines of up to £60 for the parents of children who regularly miss school, rising to £120 if not paid within a month.

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Truancy fines plan criticised

The Welsh Government says it is pushing ahead with a plan to introduce fines for parents on persistent truancy, to be introduced this September. Plaid Cymru has described it as a 'retrograde step.'