Parents of truants to have benefits docked
“Parents in England who refuse to pay a penalty after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked, the prime minister has said.
A civil penalty of up to £120 would be claimed through child benefit if the fine is not paid after 28 days. Currently, 40% of fines go unpaid.
David Cameron told BBC Breakfast it was about making sure children get “the great start in life that they need”.
Teaching unions said docking child benefit could end up hurting children.”