The UK is in line for an extra bank holiday in 2011 and 2012, but could we possibly see a bank holiday in October and, if so, at what price?
Bank holidays are those precious few extra days we are given each year. Whether yours are tagged onto a weekend for that extended break, accrued as extra holiday or paid at overtime rates, they’re very much a welcome part of our year.
8 regular bank holidays
In England and Wales, we get eight permanent public holidays per year; in Scotland it’s nine; Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have 10, but some of our European counterparts get even more: 12 if you live in Spain and a whopping 14 if you’re an Italian!
Thanks to the royal wedding next year there will be nine – 29 April 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day will be a public holiday.
And, 2012 will also see an extra bank holiday too: the May Day bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June with an additional day added on Tuesday 5 June 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
October public holiday?
There has long been a call for more bank holidays. Now it appears that rather than see a permanent additional day, we could see our May Day bank holiday moved to October.
The suggested move is seen as an attempt to boost UK tourism.
It is expected that having a bank holiday in October will encourage the public to take an extra holiday and stay in the UK.
Hmm, I don’t know about you, but I am not convinced.
By October the nights are getting shorter and the daytime temperatures are cooling down. Surely, we would be better off keeping the holiday in May when we are more likely to have better weather. By all means, give us an extra holiday, but don’t move the May one, please.
What do you think? Do you think we need another holiday in October? Could you see UK tourism benefiting from an October holiday, after all schools already have a half term in October?
October or when? When would you rather take an extra day?