Jon Platt

Isle of Wight father, Jon Platt, rose to national fame in 2015 after refusing to pay school absence fines he’d received from the Isle of Wight council (IWC).

Mr Platt had taken his six year old daughter on holiday during term time and argued – when taken to court by the IWC – that as she had over 93% attendance recorded the decision to take her out of school for a few days was his decision as a parent to take.

Isle of Wight Magistrates threw out the case, saying Mr Platt had no case to answer. The IWC took the case to the High Court for clarification. Mr Platt won again. The Department for Education then ‘requested’ the IWC appeal the decision in the Supreme Court and took over the case.

In April 2017, Supreme Court judges ruled in favour of the appeal and returned the case to the Isle of Wight Magistrates court. They ruled in favour of the IWC and Mr Platt was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £2,000..

Mr Platt appeared on national TV and was hailed a hero around the country for fighting the local council.

Massive increase in number of Isle of Wight school absence fines, says campaigner

Jon Platt

The data for 2017/18 Truancy Penalty Notices (98% of them term time holidays) has been analysed by Jon Platt. He says they're so high that's it an average of one penalty notice for every seven school children - a huge increase on previous years.

Friday, 2nd November, 2018 12:55pm

By Jon Platt with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight line-up for BBC Radio 4 Any Questions announced

Any Questions Jonathan-Dimbleby and others

The panelists for this week's Any Questions, being broadcast live and recorded at the Ventnor Winter Gardens, have been announced and include and Island businessman who is known right across the country.

Thursday, 31st May, 2018 4:04pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

If you’re aged over 60, it’s possible you could be owed thousands of pounds

over 60s happy couple

You might feel you don't need to make a claim for mis-sold PPI, but imagine being a position to help with that house extension your child needs but can't afford, or being able to help your grandchildren whilst they are at university.

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 6:17pm

By Feature Writer

Sandown businessman donates to Hullabaloo after local council debacle

hullabaloo parade

After the debacle of the Sandown town council meeting on Monday, a Sandown businessman has made a generous donation to the town's Hullbaloo event taking place this May.

Thursday, 1st March, 2018 11:42am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight businessman on BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs programme today

winifred robinson radio four

The leading consumer affairs programme, You and Yours, on Radio 4 will be discussing legislation that is being pushed through Parliament that will have a detrimental impact on consumers.

Thursday, 25th January, 2018 8:27am

By Sally Perry

PPI claims: Of course you can DIY, but understand the pitfalls


Yes you can do your own PPI refund claims, but it's just you against the might of the banks. With JMP's 11 years of experience they help you navigate the tricky waters. Here's a real-world example where people were told 'No' by their bank. JMP got involved and have now reclaimed over £50k.

Friday, 8th December, 2017 9:24pm

By Feature Writer

Revealed: Total cost of taking Jon Platt through the courts

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The cost of taking Jon Platt - who refused on principle to pay a fine for taking his daughter out of school during term time - through the Magistrates', High Court, Supreme Court and back to the Magistrates' court have now been revealed.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 2:59pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

Jon Platt’s truancy fines petition attracts astonishing support

signing a petition

The petition calls for the government to ensure that Truancy Penalty Notices are only issued to tackle truancy rather than being used for any breach of unauthorised absence.

Friday, 7th July, 2017 7:55am

By Sally Perry with 46 readers' comments

Jon Platt court case ends in criminal conviction

Newport Crown and Magistrates Court:

Magistrates originally told Jon Platt he had no case to answer. Two years on and after a High Court and Supreme Court hearing they have now reversed their decision.

Friday, 23rd June, 2017 6:02pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Jon Platt back in court over School fines case

Jon Platt

Isle of Wight council is again taking Jon Platt to court, this time returning to the Island for refusing to pay a fine for taking his daughter out of school during term time. He maintains he shouldn't be fined.

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017 6:09pm

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

Jon Platt: Vote Green (LibDem, or Indie) at council elections to force school fine flexibility

Jon Platt

Included in his post-verdict statement, Jon Platt is urging parents and grandparents to vote for a Green, Lib Dem or an independent candidate in the upcoming local elections to remove people who want to fine or prosecute parents for child school absences.

Thursday, 6th April, 2017 10:53am

By Jon Platt with 43 readers' comments

Jon Platt school holiday fines appeal: Judgement delivered (updated)

supreme court judges

IW Magistrates and the High Court both previously ruled that Mr Platt had no case to answer, but the Department for Education insisted IWC take the case to Supreme Court. The judgement was delivered this morning.

Thursday, 6th April, 2017 9:06am

By Sally Perry with 35 readers' comments