PARENTS on the Isle of Wight were fined the most across the UK for taking their children on holiday during school time.

Figures released earlier this year showed a 93 per cent increase in fines in 2018 across the country — totalling 223,000 for the year.

The figures also showed that 13.5 per cent of schoolchildren on the IW were taken out of school during term time and their parents fined.

The IW Council was top of the league when it came to fines, issuing 135 fines per thousand students, ahead of Rochdale in second place and Leicester in third.

Councils can require parents to pay £60 each per child taken out of school without permission.

This rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days, and after 28 days parents can be prosecuted.