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6. Non-payment of penalty notices

6.1 If payment is not received within 28 days the local authority will consider prosecution for the unauthorised absence.

6.2 A letter is sent to the parent informing of the Local Authority’s intention to pursue legal proceedings for the period of absence in question.

6.3 Non-payment of a Penalty Notice will result in action being taken by the Local Authority.

6.4 The instigation of legal proceedings for unauthorised absence from school under S444 (1) or S444 (1A) of the Education Act 1996 may also be considered where it is deemed to be appropriate.

6.5The prosecution is not for the non-payment of the notice but is for failure to ensure regular attendance at school.