THE impact of increasing fines for parents who take their children out of school is to be considered by councillors next month.

The new national framework includes changes to the penalty notices for school absences, which are set to come into effect from August 19.

The changes – to be considered by members of the council’s ruling cabinet – will include an £80 per-parent fine per child which is to be paid within 21 days on the first offence.

This will increase to £160 if paid after 21 days – and any non-payment of the fine may be referred to a court case at a magistrates’ court.

A second offence within three years would then double the fine, while a third time would see the parents sent straight to court with fines of up to £2,500 issued.