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UK Considers Replacing Early May Public Holiday

Source: The Guardian (London)
Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011


The UK government is considering replacing the annual, early May, public holiday, with a new annual public holiday in the autumn.

According to The Guardian the intended plan is to "out the cluster of bank holidays between Easter and Whitsun" by cancelling the Early May Bank Holiday, and replacing it with an October public holiday.

Rumours of a new UK public holiday have been rife over the years (2010-04-24, 2010-03-13, 2009-07-28, 2009-04-05, 2009-01-15, 2008-10-28, 2008-06-26, 2008-01-11, 2007-07-25, and 2007-06-27), but this is the first time that a switch is considered.

Such a change would probably not take effect until 2013, as there have already been significant one-off changes to the May public holidays in the UK for 2011 (2010-11-23) and 2012 (2009-12-27).


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