Council made £55,000 in ‘truancy tax’ after parents fined for not sending kids to school
Hundreds of parents have been fined for failing to send their children to school as council chiefs crack down on truancy and unauthorised absences.
South Tyneside Council issued 924 unauthorised absence fines - almost three a day - during the last full school year, taking in £55,440.
The figures - the result of a national Freedom of Information request - show the council is among the most diligent in the region at imposing the national rules regarding absences from school.
Education penalty notices start at £60 and rise to £120 if not paid within 21 days.
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