'Three-quarters of parents in north east oppose fines for term-time holidays'

Two thirds of parents in the north east said they had taken their child on holiday during term time at least once
Two thirds of parents in the north east said they had taken their child on holiday during term time at least once
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More than a third of parents in the north east who have been fined for taking their children on term-time holidays say they would risk doing so again, a new survey shows.

Three-quarters of parents in the region oppose penalties for taking children out of school during term time, with two-thirds saying they have done so at least once.

That's according to online flight booker Kiwi.com, which says it gauged the opinion of 1,000 parents with school-age children.

Parents face fines for taking their children on holiday during term time, and they can be prosecuted if they fail to pay up.

A father on the Isle of Wight who refused to pay a fine for taking his daughter to Disney World during term-time lost a landmark legal battle last month

Local magistrates and High Court judges had ruled in Jon Platt's favour, but their decision was overturned at the Supreme Court.

Parents can be fined £60 for taking a child on holiday during term-time, with the penalty doubling if it is not paid within the time limit.

But parents in the north east told Kiwi.com they save on average £614 by booking holidays during term time.

Stephen Davis, of Kiwi.com, said: "Each year the school holiday period heavily impacts the cost of flights abroad, meaning families have to pay unnecessary premiums for their annual trip abroad, or battle with colleagues to bag the holiday time from work first to avoid missing out."