THERE’S nothing like a three-day weekend to boost the mood, and luckily there are still a few more bank holidays on the horizon in 2017.
Whether you’re planning a long weekend away or just craving an extra lie-in – here’s the lowdown on the rest of this year’s bank holidays…
What is a bank holiday?
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the UK when 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 – and if they can’t do business, no-one else can.
Similarly, schools are shut on bank holidays, and transport services are often scaled back.
When is the August bank holiday, and what holidays come after that?
The next bank holiday you can look forward falls at the end of August on Monday 28.
After that, your next bank holiday isn’t until Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
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 August 28, 2017
- Monday December 25, 2017
- Tuesday December 26, 2017
- Monday January 1, 2018
What are the Christmas bank holidays?
This year’s Christmas bank holidays will fall on Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) and Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day).
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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