British Summer Time

Last weekend the clocks went forward and we are now benefitting from an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. A study by JPMorgan (2014) suggested that this coincides with a week of increased spending (0.9%), albeit one that is offset by a greater reduction in spending when the clocks go the other way (2.9%). Moving to British Summer Time is also associated with a decrease in accidents and an increase in happiness. With outdoor working less prevalent than when the time zones were set, I for one (and presumably many others in the leisure and tourism industries) would support a move to permanent summer time, or even ‘double summer time’ (as has been proposed). Those in the North of Scotland may well disagree.