Record number of parents fined for allowing their children to skip lessons as 8,000 are taken to court

  • 52,370 £60 penalty notices were also issued last year – up 25 per cent

  • In 7,806 cases, someone was prosecuted for non-payment – up 23 per cent

  • Government says 130,000 more children in school because of fine regime

  • Benefits could be removed from families who let their children skip school