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  Truancy fines handed to parents
Updated 17 June 2004, 18.15
Parents are being fined for their bunking kids
The parents of 40 kids in the UK have been told to pay up because their children are bunking off school.

People running schools in five parts of the country have been handing out fines, which start at 50 but could rise to as much as 100.

And if the fine isn't paid the parents could even be sent to prison.

Birmingham Education Authority has used the fines most often, giving out 24 since February when a new law let them fine parents for their kids' truancy.

In the past parents had to be taken to court about the truancy before they could be fined, but a change in the law means that doesn't have to happen anymore.

Other areas are expected to start fining parents if their kids stay away from school too often as well.

The fines are 50 if paid within 28 days of them being given out, but rise to 100 after 28 days and before 42 days.

After 42 days those who do not pay can be taken to court.

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