Move To Axe Six-Week Summer Holiday 'Will Cause Chaos'
Parents today called for school holidays to be set nationally amid fears an overhaul of rules surrounding term dates will “cause chaos” for families.
Figures show that more than three-quarters of mothers and fathers are concerned that Government reforms – devolving complete control over the timing of the academic year – will create major problems for families with children at different schools.
It was claimed that the move flew in the face of Government claims to make the nation the most “family friendly” in Europe because it would make it almost impossible to plan childcare.
Under the Coalition’s new Deregulation Bill, local councils will be stripped of powers to tell schools when terms should start and end.
The change – from September 2015 – paves the way for individual schools in England to introduce longer terms and cut school holidays.
It places particular question marks over the current six-week summer break amid fears that pupil performance dips in July and August, damaging their education and leaving them lagging behind peers in the Far East.
£2billion In 'Holiday Tax' Just To Escape Britain
Those flying off are forced to pay Air Passenger Duty, VAT and insurance tax.
- The TaxPayers' Alliance said the tax take equates to an average of £56 for every many woman and child who flies overseas each year
- It warns UK flight taxes are the most expensive in the world, adding hundreds of pounds to some holidays
- A family of six travelling to Spain 'will have faced an average tax bill of £187 on their flights and holiday purchases in the UK'
Families forking out for flights to the sun, together with all the summer clothes and travel insurance, are paying a staggering £2billion ‘holiday tax’, it is claimed.
For a combination of Air Passenger Duty, VAT and insurance tax are imposing a huge financial burden on families who already struggle to afford a foreign break.
New research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance warns UK flight taxes are the most expensive in the world, adding hundreds of pounds to some holidays.
Eight Treated For Effects of Chemical Fumes at Greenacres Caravan Park
Six adults and two children were taken to hospital after a chemical incident at a Flintshire holiday caravan park. The fire service said 100 litres of chlorine mixture was contained at the caravan park. Emergency services were called to Greenacres park in Gronant shortly before 15:00 BST on Wednesday. The eight patients were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd suffering from the effects of inhalation of fumes and were given precautionary checks. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We sent a rapid response vehicle, an emergency ambulance and a patient care service vehicle to the scene."