SCHOOLS OUT FOR….SOME OF THE SUMMER
Barnsley Council have become the first in the UK to drastically reduce the summer holiday for local authority schools.
The move follows the decision of the council to fundamentally change the way policy is made in the town, handing overall control to a new team of financiers and revenue specialists.
“This is the first in a series of new policy initiatives as a result of our decision to remove local education policy making from so called education specialists and placing it in the safe hands of financial specialists and accountants,” a spokesman said.
“They’ve made a series of recommendations for improving Council revenue in the next 3 years starting with issuing fines for parents taking their children out of school. Reducing the window in which they can legally take their children on holiday is just the first step.”
But the move has angered local parents already sceptical about the introduction of a proposed new ‘air tax’ where children’s lung capacity is measured and a levy placed on the parents in line with how much air they breathe on school premises.
“Look, times are tough. Fining local people for going about their daily lives is the only way to make end meet these days,” he added.
“The beauty of this is we’re on commission from the online travel agents too so we get double bubble. It’s happy days and I’m hoping for a visit from the bonus fairy next month.”