School Fines Refunds Limited – a new company for unlawfully fined parents
By now, we are all aware of Mr Jon Platt, a father who won a High Court battle over taking his six-year-old daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday to Florida. Arguing his £120 fine he received from Isle of Wight Council, three senior judges refused to accept that the family's one week break to Disney World was illegal.
Mr Platt has now set up his own company with the sole purpose to help other parents, via group litigation, recover money where they have been unlawfully fined for taking their child on holiday during term-time.
He stated that:
"hundreds of thousands of parents have paid millions of pounds in fines when they did absolutely nothing wrong. The only reason they paid them was the fear of the consequences of going to magistrates' court."
His new company, School Fines Refunds Limited, is prepared to take on thousands of claims and has issued a warning to Local Authorities to "do the right thing" when combing through their records of penalty fines.
"This idea that local authorities took upon themselves that they were obliged by national statute or national guidelines to issue mass numbers of these fines is a fallacy," he said.
"We will take tens of thousands of cases through the courts and local authorities will have to explain to a judge why they thought it was within their power to fine parents who had done nothing wrong."