Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Extra holiday in 2022


School pupils and council workers in North Lanarkshir­e will be granted an additional day’s holiday in June 2022 to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The late May bank holiday is being moved by three days to Thursday, June 2, and an extra day off is being granted across the authority on Friday, June 3, to create a celebrator­y four-day weekend in honour of Her Majesty’s 70th anniversar­y as monarch.

Schools will have one day off at the usual late May break, on Friday, May 27; while Monday, May 30, is a school and working day before the extended bank holiday later that week.

Councillor­s on North Lanarkshir­e’s finance and resources committee unanimousl­y agreed the plans at their latest online meeting. They heard that special permission has been granted by the Scottish Government for the number of schooling days in the current academic year to be reduced by one from the statutory number of 190 to accommodat­e the extra holiday celebratio­n.

All of the authority’s staff will be granted an additional day’s bank holiday leave, at a cost of £458,000 for “ongoing provision of frontline services in areas such as home support, social care, children’s houses and waste collection”. Department­s will operate as normal on June 2 but only essential services will provided on the new bank holiday of June 3.

A report added that designatin­g the additional day as a bank holiday rather than simply extra leave results in enhanced rates for those still required to work and“enables the council to offer a benefit to staff who may be unable to take advantage of the extra holiday and who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic”.

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