Working arrangements: Christmas Day & Boxing Day 2021 and New Year’s Day 2022

Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2021 fall on Saturday and Sunday respectively and New Year’s Day 2022 falls on a Saturday.


Employers’ Secretary: Naomi Cooke
Address for correspondence:
Local Government Association
18 Smith Square
London SW1P 3HZ
Tel: 020 7664 3000
info@local.gov.uk

Trade Union Secretaries: Rehana Azam, GMB, Jim Kennedy, Unite, Jon Richards, UNISON
Address for correspondence:
UNISON Centre
130 Euston Road
London NW1 2AY
Tel: 0845 3550845
localgovernment@unison.co.uk

To: Chief Executives in England, Wales and N Ireland
(copies for HR and Finance Directors)
Members of the National Joint Council

14 May 2021

Dear Chief Executive,

Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2021 fall on Saturday and Sunday respectively and New Year’s Day 2022 falls on a Saturday.

Monday 27 December automatically becomes a public holiday in place of Christmas Day and the Government has designated Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January 2022 as public holidays with pay in substitution for Boxing Day and New Year’s Day respectively.

In accordance with joint advice issued in previous years to deal with these circumstances, authorities are advised that payments, unless a local agreement is in place, should be made in accordance with Green Book Part 3 Para 2.6 as follows:

  • Employees required to work either on Saturday 25 December or Monday 27 December (but not both) should receive public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for the day on which they work
  • Employees required to work on both Saturday 25 December and Monday 27 December should receive Saturday rates of pay for Saturday 25 December and public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for Monday 27 December
  • Employees required to work either Sunday 26 December or Tuesday 28 December (but not both) should receive public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for the day on which they work
  • Employees required to work on both Sunday 26 December and Tuesday 28 December should receive Sunday rates of pay for Sunday 26 December and public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for Tuesday 28 December
  • Employees required to work either Saturday 1 January or Monday 3 January (but not both) should receive public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for the day on which they work
  • Employees required to work on both Saturday 1 January and Monday 3 January receive Saturday rates of pay for Saturday 1 January and public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for Monday 3 January.

Yours sincerely,

Naomi Cooke    Rehana Azam    Jim Kennedy    Jon Richards