Whether you’re planning a long weekend away or you’re just craving an extra lie-in – here’s what you need to know about 2017’s bank holidays
THERE’S nothing like a three-day weekend boost the mood, and there are still a few bank holidays on the horizon.
Whether you’re planning a long weekend away or just craving an extra lie-in – here’s the lowdown on the rest of 2017’s bank holidays.
What is a bank holiday?
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the UK, where most people are given an extra day off work.
It was Liberal MP John Lubbock who first tabled the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 and said its aim was to ease pressure on workers by giving them an extra four days off.
At that point, those days were Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday and Boxing Day.
Over the years more have been added, and the UK now has a total of eight bank holidays – including Christmas Day, May Day and New Year’s Day.
They were given the name bank holidays as banks are closed, which in turn means if they aren’t doing business, no-one else can.
When is the next bank holiday?
The next bank holiday you can look forward falls after this weekend, on Monday May 29.
Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory leave.
Government website Gov.UK has more details on what your worker’s rights are in regards to public holidays.
Bank holidays may also impact how benefits are paid. Gov.uk explains how they may be affected.
Next public and bank holidays in the UK
Monday May 29 2017
Monday August 28 2017
Monday December 25 2017
Tuesday December 26 2017
Monday January 1 2018
Spring and summer bank holidays in 2017
There are two bank holidays in May, the first one fell on May 1 and the second will be taking place this Monday.
But don’t worry, these aren’t the two that will let you enjoy the warmer season.
The final summer bank holiday takes place on the last Monday in August – this year it falls on August 28.
Christmas and New Year 2017
This year’s Christmas bank holidays will fall on Monday December 25 and Tuesday December 26.
During the bank holidays, shops may be shut or have reduced opening hours.
Make sure you check the store’s website to avoid being caught out.
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