Council staff to get extra day off

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ANGUS Council staff will get an extra day of annual leave to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday, April 29.

Following a recommendation to let staff join in with the celebrations councillors agreed that staff should have the day off.

Schools will also be closed.

In a report, chief executive Richard Stiff said: “If granted as a public holiday employees required to work on the day would, in accordance with our conditions of service, be entitled to be paid double time and receive a day in lieu at a later date.

“It is estimated that this would result in an additional cost of £30,000 to departments in terms of premium payments

“If granted as an additional day of annual leave employees required to work on the day would receive a day in lieu at a later date, but would not be entitled to be paid double time and accordingly departments would not incur any additional costs in terms of premium payments.

“Only a minority of councils are recognising the day as a public holiday with associated premium payment entitlements and indeed it would appear that a few councils are not awarding a holiday of any kind.

“After consideration of the emerging pattern across Scotland it is proposed that the council regard April 29 as an additional day of annual leave for employees required to work on the day receiving a day in lieu at a later date.”

Angus Council leader Bob Myles said: “It was unanimous that everyone supported giving the day off as a public holiday.”