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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Truants' parents face stiff fines
Parents whose children skip school in Nottinghamshire are to face tougher measures.

The county council can currently fine parents 50 if children are absent from 50% of classes over eight weeks.

They now plan to issue the fixed penalty notices if children fail to turn up for a quarter of their lessons over a six-week period instead.

Education bosses said it was the responsibility of parents and carers to get their youngsters to class.

Fines of up to 100 are to be issued to parents of truants in Portsmouth under new powers adopted by the city council there.

The fines are enforced under the government's Anti-Social Behaviour Act introduced in 2003.

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