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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-20-05

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70% of parents in the North West say its not fine to fine

ONLINE flight booker,, has revealed the frustrations of parents in the North West being penalised for taking their children away on holiday during school term time.

Research conducted by the brand reveals that 70% of parents in the North West sided with Jon Platt, who earlier this year lost his High Court battle for the right to take his children out of school during term time. When asked whether it is wrong to fine parents who take children on holiday during term time, 60% agreed.

The data also reveals that 87% parents from the North West think holiday costs are too high during July and August, and is the main reason they take their children out of school during term time. Visiting family and relatives abroad is also a contributing factor to term time absences as it seems getting everyone together can only ever be done around universal and expensive holiday periods such as Christmas and the Summer holidays. 31% of parents have taken their children out of school for family/relative related reasons.

52% of families in the North West have taken their kids out of school in term-time and estimate they save ₤670 on average from taking term time holidays. As a result, 63% of parents would take their children on holiday during term time. Despite 70% of parents being fined by their local Council, just 52% of those would do it again.

Stephen Davis at 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 1st to avoid missing out. Our ethos is focused around finding the right flights for our bookers, at the best price; whatever the reason for flying, wherever you're going."

It is not just flight costs that drive families in the North West to book their breaks outside of the designated holiday months. 13% of parents in the North West reveal they find it hard to get the time off work during the holidays as they are competing with so many other parent colleagues who want the time off. This has resulted in arguments with management and colleagues, being bullied into taking time off, and even feeling so pressured that they have considered leaving their jobs. offers bookers the best prices all year round. To take advantage of some fantastic flight deals, visit:- also offers a guarantee on all bookings, protecting customers from flight cancellations, delays and rescheduling of flights. Customers will either be refunded or a new flight will be purchased to the final destination.


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