Council decides not to give Jubilee holiday

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decided not to grant an extra day of leave or a public holiday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In a meeting last night, Wednesday 15 February, the council made the decision not to give staff the extra holiday.

Chief Executive Malcolm Burr explained: “It is a significant item of expenditure in these times. If we grant an additional day of leave or an additional public holiday, the latter is more expensive.”

A report issued to councillors before the meeting said: “It is recommended that the Comhairle does not grant either an additional public holiday, or an additional day of annual leave, to mark the Royal Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.”

It comes as the Highland Council has said its employees will have the 4 May off as a bank holiday, following discussions with trade unions.

Out of a survey of 22 Councils it is indicated that one council will grant a public holiday, 16 will grant an annual leave day and five will make no provision.