Parents face huge £1,000 fine PER CHILD for taking children on holiday in term-time

Parents could be slapped with fines of up to £4,000 if they decide to take their child on holiday during term time.

Lancashire County Council is testing a new scheme that will see them issue penalty notices of £1,000 per child per parent should they be absent from school.

This means that in a two parent, two child family, each member will be fined £1,000 each – a whopping £4,000 in total.

Balladen Community Primary School in Rossendale warned parents of the changes in a bid to crack down on kids missing classes.

In a letter sent to parents, seen by The Sunday Times , Headteacher Sara Richardson said: “Lancashire county council is currently trialling a new system for dealing with unauthorised holidays and breaks during term time.

“This involves an increase in the financial penalty to parents of up to £1,000 per parent per child.

“This system is still at the pilot stage but please be aware this may come into effect at any stage.”

Currently families in the county face a £120 fixed penalty notice per child. And Lancashire has seen more term-time holiday penalty notices than any other area in the country.

The council issued 7,575 fines last year, up 6,876 in 2016-17 – giving the impression that the current fining system as not acting as enough of a deterrent to parents.

Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “We are considering any possible action that could be taken in the future to reduce unauthorised absences.

This is at an early stage.”

The council said no firm decision had been taken, the Sunday Times reported