Poor UK economy

The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney has given its starkest warning yet that a UK vote to leave the EU could hit the economy. Mark Carney, warned that the risks of leaving “could possibly include a technical recession”. We already have almost stagnation; In 2015, the UK’s current account deficit was £96.2 billion, how much worse can the balance in trade get?

Official UK CPI Inflation continues to hover just slightly above 0%, which is very close to stagnation, way off the Bank of Englands target of 2%. With a poor 1.6% GDP growth, most of that 1.6% is as a result of the UK population is increasing at the rate of around 1% per year, so in capital terms it means most people are actually going to feel poorer. Unless you are in charge of Beeches Academy Trust. An academy and free school trust praised by the Prime Minister has paid its chief executive a second salary passed through two separate companies, a government report has said. The UK economy only continues to grow, because of high house prices and  immigration, but in reality, that means the people of the UK are suffering.

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Essex County Council and Term Time Holidays

The trail that was set begin on 10 November, of James and Dana Haymore for taking their child out of school during term time for six days has been dropped. Their case was taken on by Liberty which said “common sense must prevail”, and now it has, resulting in a massive legal bill for the council involved. The prosecution came after the couple took their 11-year-old son out of Primary School, between December 16 and 20 and on January 7 for a memorial service for Mrs Haymore’s grandfather in the US. Whilst an Education Select Committee is taking evidence of extremism and fraud in Free Schools and Academies; term time school holidays seems to be the Conservatives top priority.

New Broom Sweeps Clean?

Now that Michael Gove has been sacked from the Education Cabinet, perhaps his daft idea of fixed penalties for parents taking their children on term time holidays can be trashed too?

Fixed penalty notices for an average family with 3 children can amount to £720, just for taking them out of school for a few days during school time; compare this with other fixed penalty notices. The fixed penalty notice for shoplifting can often be £100, the same for being drunk and disorderly in public and the same £100 fine for use of motor vehicle without a MOT test certificate. Raising children is a very serious matter, but holidays can be very educational; so why our government thinks that parents should be punished more severely than thieves and drunks is beyond me.

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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