Essex County Council have issued more than 200 fines to parents in south Essex for taking their children out of school during term time.

Overall, the council has collected over £28,150 in fines since introducing the new guidelines last

While schools may grants children leave, this only for exceptional circumstances such as family funerals.

A spokesman for Essex County Council told the Basildon Echo: “Parents have a legal duty to ensure regular school attendance for their children who are registered at a school.

“The council is committed to ensuring children receive a suitable education and issues penalty notices and uses legal processes where appropriate to achieve this aim.”

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