West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is demanding Lancashire County Council explain the farcical school holiday fines in which three adults in one family were fined for one child’s in-term time holiday. One of the adults is not a parent and has no legal responsibility for the child.
MP Rosie has received a complaint from a West Lancashire constituent over what appears to be nothing more than a money-making racket. Having taken her son out of school for a term time holiday the child’s mother accepted the £60 penalty charge for doing so.
Then the child’s biological father was hit with a £60 fine -; despite not living with the family, not being able to stop the mother from taking the child out of the country and not living in Lancashire. Under the law he has ‘parental responsibility’ so again the child’s mother paid another £60 fine.
Then a third £60 fine has been issued to the child’s mother’s husband, who has no ‘parental responsibility’ at all. Ironically the child’s father’s partner has not been fined, so the council can’t even claim consistency.
Speaking about this farcical situation, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“This situation in which three adults are fined for one child being taken out of school would seem to be farcical.
“It’s no wonder people think these fines are nothing more than a money-making racket for local councils. I will be raising this with Lancashire County Council and I’ve also written to Education Ministers over the use of fines, especially in light of the recent court decision.
“How can it be legal for three people to be fined, especially when one of those has no ‘parental responsibility’ at all for the child?
“Parents in this case deserve a proper explanation and all parents need clarity that there are clear rules rather than them being made up as we go.”