Adviser recommends crackdown on truancy in England

Following last year's youth-related riots in England, the government's adviser on behaviour recommends head teachers have the authority to raise fines for truancy and be able to deduct the fines from child benefit payments if they are not paid after about one month. Charlie Taylor recommended the fines be increased from £50 to £60 for parents who take students out of school without a valid reason, with fines remaining unpaid after 28 days doubled to £120.

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