School pupils are to be given an extra week off school in the autumn to help parents with the cost of expensive holidays.
Brighton and Hove City Council has announced that the traditional week-long autumn half-term break will be doubled for state schools from October 16 2017.
Councillors hope changing the school holiday timetable will allow parents the flexibility to take cheaper breaks outside the expensive peak summer holiday period.
Holidays are more expensive because the schools are off. Extending the period that the schools are off will extend the period that holidays are expensive.
Of course, if the school systems started to stagger their holidays then that would work but that requires the sort of coordination I wouldn’t expect from British local politicians. Although the French seem to manage it easily enough….