Petition launched to make St David’s Day a bank holiday
A petition has been launched to make St David’s Day a bank holiday.
The UK Government has so far refused to devolve the powers to create bank holidays for Wales to the Welsh Government.
This is despite Scotland and Northern Ireland already having the power to designate respective patron saint Bank Holidays and despite the then National Assembly for Wales voting unanimously in favour of a St David’s Day bank holiday in 2000.
In 2014 it was reported that First Minister Carwyn Jones had written to the Secretary of State for Wales to seek legislative competence to make Wales’ national day a bank holiday, but the move was rebuffed.
In the petition by Elfed Wyn ap Elwyn to the UK Government and Parliament, it is argued that it is “time to make this special day a bank holiday in Wales”.
If the petition receives 10,000 signatures the UK Government will respond to it, and if it receives 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in the UK Parliament. The deadline for the petition is 14 April 2022.
The petition states: “Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St David’s Day has always been a significant day in Cymru / Wales, and has been used to celebrate everything Welsh.
“It’s time to make this special day a bank holiday in Wales, just like Scotland has St Andrew’s Day, and Ireland has St Patrick’s Day as bank holidays.”