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dinsdag 4 februari 2014

School holiday price Facebook rant goes viral after father's rage at expensive breaks

A frustrated father who posted an angry rant on Facebook about school holiday prices has struck a chord with parents across the nation.

Paul Cookson had only 250 friends on Facebook when he posted the ‘SCHOOL HOLIDAY RANT’ but his 100 words of outrage were shared nearly 150,000 times.

Next to a picture showing how Centerparcs raised its price of a £699 villa by £300 during the school holidays, Mr Cookson wrote: “I am sick to death of being ripped off with this country.. I choose not to take my daughter out of school term away on holiday and stick to the set school holidays - but why should I be penalized by doing the correct thing as a parent??? it’s becoming a joke and it's time parents should take a stance to these corporate money grabbing monsters..”

The post was shared thousands of times and before long, mum-of-two Donna Thresher was inspired to set up a government e-petition calling for holiday companies to stop charging extra outside of term time. Now it has reached over 100,000 signatures it is eligible to be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee.

Mr Cookson also set up a group on Facebook to allow parents to share their holiday price increases and boycott companies who they feel unfairly penalise them for having children. Peter Higgins, a self-employed father of four runs the Facebook group Holiday Price Increases along with Mrs Thresher and Mr Cookson.  He told The Independent: “These increases have got more out of control than they ever have and they’ve slipped under the radar. Realistically what I’d like to see is companies coming together to discuss these issues with the group. At the moment they are hiding behind supply and demand but really it’s greed. Ideally we’d like government legislation to cap these price increases. Families are scared at this new legislation meaning they can’t take holidays in term time. They want a break but they don’t have the money to take it in school holidays.”

Parents are not allowed to take the children out of school during term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances.” following regulations that came into force last September. Previously schools could grant up to 10 term-time days a year for children to go family holidays

Bron en hele artikel: Independent

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