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Now, in 2014, a local government in the West Midlands is preparing to send parents Stewart and Natasha Sutherland to jail because the couple took their three kids on a weeklong vacation near the beginning of the school year.
They booked their vacation in Oct. 2012. The draconian guidelines became effective on Sept. 1, 2013.
As a consequence, school officials fined the couple £360 (just under $600). When the parents refused to pay after 21 days, the fine doubled. Since then, the penalties have increased to £2,000 (almost $3,300). The Sutherlands now also face the prospect of a three-month prison sentence.
Sutherland has also claimed that a school official advised him that he and his wife had deprived their children “of six days education and should feel guilty.”
this is such a beatup though. they arn't going to (possibly) go to prision for the act of taking the kids out of school, they will go for refusing to pay the fine and letting it double and keep going until they face a jail sentence for continual refusal to pay.
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You can be sure that the parents were using their kids as drug mules, 'vacation' holiday is just the cover story. Big crime in the Greek Isles and the average british family is skint, thank to the messy work of government administration.
Britain will leapfrog Germany to become Europe’s largest economy by 2030, economists predict.
Thanks to our decision not to join the euro, we will overtake France in less than five years to become the fifth-largest economy in the world.
In a significant boost to George Osborne’s austerity programme, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) hailed the UK as the second-best performing economy in the Western world after the United States – and said France was one of the worst.
They are going to prison for not paying a fine not for taking their kids out of school
Truancy in UK schools has always been a problem so they introduced laws that fine repeat offenders the idea is that it makes parents more responsible for ensuring that their kids actually go to school and dont sit about playing xbox and smoking mums fags.
Like a lot of stuff reported in the daily mail, I think if you were involved directly with the case you would know that there is a lot more to it.
I take my kids out whenever I want PERIOD! I am not their slave. They're my minions. Don't value the school system as it is, anyway. I don't give government or schools authority to fine me. They can expect me not to go into their houses and rape, murder, steal, but they may not steal my life, my income or my freedoms from me.edit on 16-1-2014 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)
You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.
You can only do this if:
you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
there are exceptional circumstances
It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
You must make sure your child gets a full-time education that meets their needs (eg if they have special educational needs). You can send your child to school or educate them yourself.