Parents back term-time holidays

By Matthew Mckew

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

CHILDREN should be allowed to take holiday during school term time, according a poll commissioned by an Isle of Wight councillor.

Whitehouse Consultancy, owned by Newport councillor Chris Whitehouse, polled 2,024 adults online between July 25 and 27.

It found 55 per cent of adults believed it was acceptable to take children out of school for a week, if it meant a significant financial saving for the family. Only 33 per cent of people disagreed.

Cllr Whitehouse said: "While some parents working in the likes of the tourist sector will be unable to take their children away during the peak time of school holidays, the principal issue for many families is cost.

"Recent research shows families can expect to pay in excess of £1,300 more if they travel during school holidays rather than during term time. Many parents will question why they should face additional costs for following the rules, particularly if those costs make holidaying too expensive."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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