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.'

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Tories fear truancy fines will hit most vulnerable

This is a lazy Labour government piling all its eggs into a basket of punishment – at the expense of support and liaison.

There is a real danger that these fines will hit the most vulnerable hardest and ignore the real reasons behind truancy.

I fear fines will stack up while behaviour remains largely unchanged.

Low school attendance can have a hugely detrimental impact upon a child and Labour Ministers should be working hard to tackle the problem at its root causes.

– Angela Burns AM, Shadow Education Minister

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