When does British Summer Time start in the UK? Are the clocks going backwards or forwards this weekend?

Everything you need to know about when the clocks move forward in 2022 and why we’re doing it – and why golf is where the brainchild came from!

Is it a chance to sleep in – or are you going to get up an hour earlier? Does that mean lighter mornings or lighter nights?

Twice a year people in the UK move their clocks forward or back an hour, depending on the time of year – and twice a year many of us are confused about how we set our clocks!

Register to our ManchesterWorld Today newsletter

The newsletter mute the noise

To keep you from getting out of bed at the wrong time, here’s everything you need to know about the clock change in March 2022 and why we’re doing it.

When do the clocks change in 2022?

In the UK in 2022, clocks will move forward one hour on Sunday March 27, at 1am, marking the start of British Summer Time (BST).

You will find that it looks lighter straight away in the evening and a bit darker initially in the morning.

Later this year, we will set the clocks back one hour on Sunday 30 October at 2am, which means the UK will be on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Why do we change the clocks twice a year in the UK?

British Summer Time (BST), also known as Daylight Saving Time, was first designed to help people maximize their hours of sunshine throughout the year.

It was created following a campaign by the British builder, William Willett, in 1907, with the Summer Time Act of 1916.

Mr Willett (who was the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer-songwriter Chris Martin!), came up with the idea of ​​extending the summer days – so he could practice more his beloved sport, golf.

Lighter evenings are on the way Credit: Monkey Business – stock.adobe.co

In the brochure, Mr Willett said: “Nevertheless, standard time remains so fixed that for nearly half the year the sun shines on the earth for several hours each day while we sleep, and rapidly approaching the horizon, having already passed its western limit, when we arrive home after the end of the day’s work, and under the most favorable circumstances there remains only a brief period of waning light of the day to spend the short period of leisure we have.

It was also believed that the new system would not only benefit avid golfers, but also that making the most of natural sunlight would save energy, which was essential during World War I when coal was limited. .

After much lobbying, Mr Willett’s idea was finally introduced in the UK a year after his death, and just after Germany and Austria also introduced daylight saving time. Many other countries involved in World War I also followed suit.

Are they changing the clocks in Europe?

While some may think it’s a good idea to make the most of our daylight, others argue that the system isn’t all that beneficial and is in fact causing major problems – especially around of Europe where there are three time zones.

In 2019, the European Parliament voted for the total abolition of summer time.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European CommissionThe then president told German public broadcaster ZDF: “The time change will be abolished.

“People don’t want to keep changing their watches.”

Initially, the change was to be implemented last year in 2021, but when EU member states were asked if they wanted to commit to winter or summer time, an agreement could not be found.

The UK will not be affected by the clock change in the EU… Credit Josie Elias – stock.adobe.com

Speaking to French broadcaster BFM TV, new MEP Karima Delli said: ‘We agree on the time change, but we don’t know whether to stay on time. summer or winter. We have a real problem. »

After initially announcing that the European Commission was set to scrap seasonal clock changes, RoSPA said it was “in favor of this proposal” and called on the UK government to stick to the clock. British summer all year round.

With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, the project to abolish the time change has stalled while other issues take priority.

In 2020, UK charity The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said that one of the consequences of the clock change is that “more people are killed and injured on the road from darker evenings in autumn and winter than if we abolished the clock change clocks and adoption of British Summer Time all year round”. .

Last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was actually asked if the UK would follow in the EU’s footsteps and end the need to change our clocks twice a year.

At the time, he said, “I’ll take a look at that suggestion…but it seems unlikely to me.”

Jan G. Gilbert