Live updates


Have your say: Should schools stagger their holidays?

Parliament is due to debate on parents taking their children on holiday during term-time.

MPs will discuss whether fines for unauthorised absence should be scrapped.

In the meantime ABTA, The Travel Association, is calling on schools to set their own holiday dates. It says this will bring prices down.

We would like to know what you think - have your say in our online poll.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.


Term-time holiday fines causing losses for business

Fines for parents who take their children on holiday during term-time appear to be affecting businesses. Credit: ITV West Country

West Country MPs will discuss the impact of changes to term-time holiday rules in Westminster today - after securing a special Parliamentary debate on the issue.

A report found that the introduction of fines for parents who take their children out of school during term-time has caused businesses to lose up to 30% of their income since 2013.

100,000 people from the region signed a petition against the law.