CONSULTATIONS with schools and parents in Barnsley are taking place ahead of a new rule which will increase fines for term-time holidays.

The cost of taking a child out of school - which is classed as an unauthorised absence - will rise from £60 to £80 if paid within 21 days and from £120 to £160 if paid within 28 days.

The changes are necessary, according to the Department for Education, due to spiralling cases which has seen 3,137 parents or carers in Barnsley fall foul in the last year alone.

Ruling cabinet members will discuss the changes at a meeting on July 10.

A council statement said: “Consultation is taking place with local schools and settings.

“Further consultations will take place with families to make them aware of the changes.”