Freedom of information response

Fixed penalty notice to unauthorised school absences

Publication date: 
Monday 18 November 2019
Request: 

1. How many Fixed Penalty Notices has your council handed out between September 2018 – July 2019 to parents for the following unauthorised school absences:
a. Persistent lateness (arriving after the register has been taken)
b. Unauthorised leave in term time (e.g. being taken out of school for holiday)
c. Delayed return from authorised leave
d. General unauthorised absence/truancy (including parentally condoned absence)

2. How many FPNs have not been paid within the 21 day allocated time frame?

3. How many FPNs have not been paid within the 28 day allocated time frame, and subsequently gone to court?

4. How much revenue has been collected from FPNs between September 2018 - July 2019?

5. Could you please provide a comparison for questions 1-4 for the previous school year (2017-2018)?

Response: 

1.

a. 2017/18 = 0                                  2018/19 = 0
b. 2017/18 = 949                              2018/19 = 1514
c. 2017/18 = 0                                  2018/19 = 0
d. 2017/18 = 209                              2018/19 = 165

2. 2017/18 = Unable to answer   2018/19 = 479  (for 17/18 we gather data differently now so are unable to answer that question in the same way as 2018/19.)

3. 2017/18 = 96                                2018/19 = 73 so far

4. 2017/18 = £59,525                      2018/19 = £82,980 so far

5. Question 2 for 2018/19 compared to answer for Question 3; the difference is due to some being paid after the 21 days, some were subsequently withdrawn and some it was not in the public’s best interest to prosecute. It is not possible to break this down further.

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Request reference:
FOI 9524