8th May 2023 Bank holiday proclaimed

The Prime Minister has proclaimed an additional bank holiday to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

The bank holiday will fall on Monday 8th May 2023, following the Coronation on Saturday 6th May 2023.

In line with the bank holiday to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, this will be an opportunity for families and

communities across the country to come together to celebrate. The bank holiday will take place across the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak:

“The Coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country. In recognition of this historic occasion, I am pleased to announce an additional bank holiday for the whole United Kingdom next year.”

“I look forward to seeing people come together to celebrate and pay tribute to King Charles III by taking part in local and national events across the country in his honour.”

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden:

“The Coronation combines the sacred and the solemn but it is also celebratory.”

“This bank holiday will once again give people across the United Kingdom the opportunity to come together as families and communities to welcome His Majesty to the throne as we mark this important day in our nation’s long history.”

Do Bank holidays have to be paid?

Bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave.

An employer can choose to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave of 5.6 paid weeks (capped at 28 days annually).

Some employers may contractually provide additional bank holiday pay entitlements. The contract may state which days are specifically included such as Christmas Day and New Years. Of course the Christmas Day 2022 is not an official bank holiday, neither is New Year’s Day 2023 as they both fall on a Sunday.

Employers may need to decide what policies they implement and communicate with their employees and workers.

PAYadvice.UK 6/11/2022

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