Police Federation and Falling officer Numbers

The Police Federation chairmen Mark Smith has called on the powers that be to make police officers an exemption to the new fixed penalty notices for term time school holidays. These fines could see many parents liable for a £120 fine, per child per parent, and potentially place a “conviction” on a police officers record if a fine was not paid.
The Police Federation chairmen haS said that with falling officer numbers and leave increasingly being restricted for officers during school holidays, many bobbies are being left with no option but to go on holiday during term time, and broke these new term time laws. And they have called on the powers that be to make police officers an exemption to this law – as with members of the armed forces.
With the recent sacking of Michael Gove from the Education cabinet, I hope that the Conservatives will back track on this policy. When the policing of our streets is affected by this daft law change, there must be change. The average family holiday, with a few days in the school term, could mean ordinary families paying £480 in fines to the government. I wonder what the Leeds MP Ed Balls thinks about these fines, in 2007 Balls was promoted to Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. The next election is approaching, we need to know where the Labour Party stand.

Term Time Fines

We now have a new leader at the Department for Education, Michael Gove has been replaced by Nicky Morgan, but in the real world there is no change. Ordinary people that have children attending the local High School or Academy get fined £120 per child, per parent; which is £720 for a married couple with three children for taking their children on a much deserved holiday. The wealthy MPs at the Department for Education dont have the same issues, because for one, private schools are not covered by the same rules. The very exclusive Westminster School in London, that Nick Clegg attended, has a longer summer holiday than most, Wednesday 2nd June and returns on Monday 1st September. So no one will get fined there. So there is one rule for ordinary people, and different rules for the wealthy; people need to fight this Government, they are not on our side. All the MPs at the Department for Education attended private school, none of them even understand ordinary people.

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