A council which has fined parents 16 times for taking children out of school without permission has been accused of “going soft” as unauthorised absences increased by 20% in one year.

Cornwall Council issued the fines since the absence policy changed in 2013.

Elsewhere, Devon County Council fined parents 1,600 times in the same period.

Reported by BBC News. You can read the full story here. 

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