States to be asked to approve bumper bank holiday for Platinum Jubilee

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PROPOSALS have been submitted by the Chief Minister for a four-day bank-holiday weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

If Senator John Le Fondré’s plans are approved, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June would be designated public holidays to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

The dates mirror those proposed by the United Kingdom and Guernsey and would see the 30 May bank holiday moved to 2 June.

Senator Le Fondré said: ‘This act is proposed following consultation with the Bailiff’s Chambers and the Council of Ministers to mark the Platinum Jubilee with a special four-day bank holiday weekend.

‘The Bailiff’s Chambers have led on arranging a number of events and activities to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee locally, including events planned over the proposed bank-holiday weekend.’

According to Senator Le Fondré’s proposition, the estimated cost of paying government staff and those from non-ministerial departments who would have otherwise worked is about £1.38 million per day.

He added: ‘This is not an additional cost to the government. However, it does reflect the cost of a day’s lost work.’ The proposition is due to be debated on 1 March.

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