Parents willing to risk holiday fine

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More than a quarter of parents plan to take their child out of school for a holiday this year, and the prospect of a fine is unlikely to put them off, a poll suggests.

It found that for many families, the savings made by travelling during term time outweigh any penalty incurred for a child missing school.

The survey, by LV= travel insurance, reveals that more than half of parents (55 per cent) admit they have taken a school-age child on holiday during term time in the past.