Bosses at South Lanarkshire Council are being asked to allow employees time off to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

New recommendations, set to be put to the executive committee at a meeting next Wednesday include the council providing an additional fixed annual leave day for non-essential employees on Friday, June 3, 2022, as well as a reduced service on operations for those who are required to work.

It is also being proposed to move the public holiday scheduled for Monday, May 30, 2022 to Thursday, June 2, 2022 to enable staff to enjoy national plans for a four-day weekend of Jubilee celebrations.

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Where services require a continuation of delivery, it is being recommended that employees unable to take the day off on June 3 will have a compensatory day to take at another time.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee takes place in 2022 and will be the first time any British monarch has reached this milestone.

A report to the executive committee states: "To enable employees to celebrate the event, the public holiday, which would normally take place on Monday, May 30, 2022, needs to be moved to Thursday, June 2, 2022.

"In addition, an extra fixed annual leave day on Friday, June 3, 2022 needs to be granted. To accommodate celebration of the event, non-essential services will have to be reduced and council offices closed where possible.

"Employees required to work on the additional fixed annual leave day will receive a day to take at another time. This approach is consistent with the last royal event attracting additional leave which was the Royal Wedding in 2011.

"Not all employees will be able to take time off on the Jubilee weekend as some services will require a continuation of delivery. Employees unable to take the day off will have a compensatory day to take at another time."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already confirmed the movement of the late May Bank Holiday in 2022 and the introduction of an additional Bank Holiday to mark the celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

The council are being asked to move in line with the Scottish Government's plans.

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