News Archive

Parliament to be lobbied against the Parent Trap of expensive holidays

Posted on

Travelzoo European Managing Director launches a personal campaign

Richard Singer, European Managing Director of Travelzoo

Richard Singer, European Managing Director of Travelzoo

Richard Singer, the European Managing Director of Travelzoo, the UK’s leading online travel deals company, and a father of one, has initiated a personal e-petition to Parliament against what he calls the “Parent Trap” of government legislation, taxes and holiday price hiking during school holidays.

This month, amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 mean that head teachers in England can now claim to have greater powers to deny leave requests. The amendments ‘make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances’ and references to ‘family holiday’ and the statutory threshold of ten school days have been removed from the 2006 directive. Fines for taking children out of school now have shorter payment times, so parents will have to pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.

The revised regulations are creating extra pressure on parents as holiday prices rise dramatically during school breaks so Richard is enlisting the help of travel industry partners, Travelzoo’s UK subscribers and the Family Holiday Association to help the e-petition reach the magic 100,000 signatures that will trigger a debate in the House of Commons by the Backbench Business Committee. Since announcing the campaign last month, over 25,000 people have signed and the Family Holiday Association encourages you to do the same.

The Travelzoo e-petition also aims to fight the ‘Parent Trap’ of expensive family holidays and calls upon the government to temporarily suspend APD for the two-month summer family-holiday period to relieve the financial challenge facing British families. This is one simple way to help reduce the price of family holidays, as the APD tax on a typical holiday to a long-haul destination can add over £350 to the travel bill for a family of four.

travelzoo parent trap

When Travelzoo hits the 100K target, they’ll donate £1,500 to the Family Holiday Association as they fundamentally believe that access to family holiday time away from the home is something that should be within reach of all UK families, rather than solely the wealthy minority.

It only takes a moment to support the campaign, sign the petition here.

To keep up with the latest on this follow @Travelzoo_UK on Twitter and help spread the word by using #fighttheparenttrap.

Search: Social Tourism, Holidays Matter