29% of parents will take children on term-time holiday
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Rising holiday costsThe cost of a holiday is the biggest factor for the growing trend in parents removing their children from school. Over half of parents who are planning to take their children out of school for a holiday say they do so because it is cheaper and one in three say they feel forced to travel during off-peak times as they cannot afford to go away during the school holidays.
The cost of a family holiday during term-time is up to 46 per cent cheaper than a holiday during the school holidays - the research found that the same family holiday in Spain could cost as much £888 more in the school holidays than it would during term-time.
Yet it is not just the cost of peak-time holidays that is driving this trend. A quarter of working parents say they face stiff competition from their work colleagues to take time off during the school holidays, leaving them no choice but to remove their children during the school term for a family break.
Facing the fines
Penalties for taking children out of school during term-time look set to rise to £60 following proposals published earlier this month. This will double to £120 for those who do not pay within 28 days and the money will be taken from child benefit if not paid by the parents.