Sheffield news Fines up to £2,500 for parents who don't send their child to school MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Government has said that returning next term will be 'compulsory', despite fears the coronavirus will still be prevalent
Breaking News ! Parents who are prosecuted for not sending their children to school in September face a fine of up to £2,500. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday repeated Boris Johnson's warning that from September it will be "the law" that all children have to go school. Refusing to do so see parents issued with a £60 fine, which rises to £120 if they don't pay in 21 days. If prosecuted, the theoretical maximum fine is £2,500 - which can be accompanied by jail or a community sentence, reports the Mirror. The Government has said that returning next term will be "compulsory", despite fears that the coronavirus will still be prevalent. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson (Image: PA) Unions claim they have not been told how schools will be made safe. Nasuwt chief Patrick Roach said: “Ministers should think carefully before issuing warnings to parents when the Government has not yet explained how it plans to reopen schools safely.” Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of a “lack of planning” for schools to return. He said: “From the day schools were shut, it was obvious what needed to happen to get them back open again. The Government fell asleep at the wheel.” Mr Williamson raised the prospect of fines yesterday. He said: “We do have to get back into compulsory education.
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Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds criticised the Government for not putting "enough effort" into reopening schools in England. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: "Right now we have a really very difficult situation I would say, across England in particular... We don't have the extra space there that's needed, and yet there are a lot of buildings sitting empty - there are creative ways to sort this out."
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She added: "I do not think the Government has devoted remotely enough effort to sorting out the schools situation. "And of course it's not just the impact on the children, as large as that is, it's the impact on the parents who have to care for children who are not in school, that's having a particularly severe impact on many single parents, obviously, and particularly on mothers. "We are already seeing many more women being furloughed, many more women are likely to become unemployed because they're having to look after children for a much longer period and they're not able to access other forms of childcare a lot of the time either."
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