More parents are being fined over kids playing truant

Last updated at 11:58
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The number of parents being fined because their children skipped school without permission, has gone up.

In the 2011/12 school year 41,224 parents were issued fines because their children had played truant from school.

In the 2010/11 school year the number of £60 penalty fines given out was 32,641.

This means the number of fines have gone up by almost a quarter.

The Department of Education said more parents were failing to pay the fines too.

In the last school year 6,300 cases were taken to court because fines weren't paid.