Police joint circular 121 – Christmas and New Year bank holiday working 2021

Monday 27 December 2021 automatically becomes a public holiday in place of Christmas Day and the Government has designated Tuesday 28 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022 as public holidays.


LGA, 18 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HZ
Employers’ Side Secretary, Sarah Ward
e-mail: police-staff@local.gov.uk

Unison Centre,130 Euston Road
London, NW1 2AY
Trade Union Side Secretary, Ben Priestley
e-mail:  b.priestley@unison.co.uk


To: Police and Crime Commissioner (copy Chief Exec & Treasurer)
Chief Constables (copy Force Personnel/HR Manager/Payroll Manager)

cc: PSC Members
Scotland and MPS (for information only)


20 September 2021

Joint circular 121 – Christmas and New Year bank holiday working 2021

Dear colleague

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

Therefore, Monday 27 December 2021 automatically becomes a public holiday in place of Christmas Day and the Government has designated Tuesday 28 December 2021 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, police forces are advised that unless a local agreement regarding the above is already in place, working and pay arrangements should be as follows.

For those staff whose normal five-day week does not include Saturday or Sunday and who will not be working on 25 or 26 December, or 1 January the Christmas and Boxing Day holiday will be Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December and the New Year’s Day Holiday will be Monday 3 January.

For those staff who work a shift rota, where Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day holiday, or the bank holidays in lieu, coincide with a rest day or free day, the rest/free day should be treated as a public holiday and in addition a substitute rest or free day shall be given.

The pay arrangements that should apply when the 25, 26 December/1 January falls on a Saturday or Sunday are that staff should be paid public holiday rates for working the 25, 26 December or the bank holiday in-lieu of these days, but not both. The same arrangement applies to 1 January and the bank holiday in lieu.

Yours sincerely

Ben Priestley 
Trade Union Side Secretary

David Algie
Employers’ Side Secretariat