I read with utter disgust that Lancashire Council were proposing to fine parents £1000 per child per parent for any child missing any school time for a holiday. Holidays are an important part of family life and should not be the preserve of the wealthy, they are in my opinion an essential right of every family. Holidays and travel, in general, are educational and most professional educators would agree. Are councils going to take parents to court and see them sent to prison if they refuse or cannot pay these fines? The reality is as all parents know that the.