A new survey by stayindevon.co.uk and stayincornwall.co.uk has revealed the true cost of term time holiday penalties – and how families can save hundreds of pounds by holidaying in the UK.
British families say it’s been costing them an average of £873 more per year to take a holiday abroad, since Michael Gove introduced penalties to prevent children being taken out of school during term time, according to the survey.
However a High Court ruling on Friday, means that school fines of £60, introduced by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, imposed if children are taken out of school during term time, can now be challenged, opening up the possibility of families taking their children on holiday during non peak holiday times, when the cost of travel and accommodation is more affordable.
The survey conducted by the tourism experts asked 1,000 parents for their views on the cost of taking their families on holiday.
Families also estimated they can save an average of £424 by taking a holiday in the UK, with 12% of respondents saying they save over £1,000 by holidaying in the UK.
Ten per cent of respondents said they estimate it costs them over £2,000 more to take their families abroad during peak season.
“Before this high court ruling, the cost of holidaying had become beyond the reach of many UK families. However staying in the UK has never offered better value, and now with the possibility of being able to take children out of school during term time, a UK stay is even more affordable,” said Matt Fletcher of stayindevon.co.uk and stayincornwall.co.uk. “With amazing beaches, fabulous food, places to stay, things to do – and easy travel – a holiday in Devon or Cornwall is a really attractive option for stretched families. We also hope this provides the South West tourism industry with a real boost during seasonal ‘off peak’ periods. ”
One mother of two children, who holidays regularly in Devon commented: ‘This is great news for families. We have been reluctant to break the law and take our two children out of school during term time. The high prices during the holidays however mean that we cannot afford to go abroad. Instead, we enjoy fabulous family holidays in Devon – with less travel hassle, interesting places to stay, and loads to see and do,’ Sharon Brewster, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.