Fines totalling £51,060 were dished out in the last school year from September 2015 to July this year, Freedom of Information requests to Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council have revealed.

That figures rises to £164,160 when fines for the past three school years – dating back to September 2013 – are taken into account.

Taking children out of school for a term time holiday is only allowed with the permission of an individual school or its headteacher.

Reported by the Shropshire Star. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.