Why Do We Change the Clocks Twice a Year?
22nd October 2015
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The time will be changing at 2am on Sunday October 25th, much to everyone's delight as the clocks will be set back an hour. This means you'll get an extra hour in bed, or another drink if you're spending your Saturday night celebrating.

Why Do We Change the Clocks?

Daylight savings time (DST) was first introduced by Germany and Austria during WWI to save on coal usage for the war effort. It was invented by George Vinent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British businessman William Willet is also credited with the idea as a way of having more daylight hours after work.

DST was first used in the UK on May 21st 1916, and has since come into widespread use across the world as a way to save energy.

Does Changing the Time Still Have Any Benefits?

Historically, those who support DST have argued that it saves energy, reduces crime and is good for economic productivity. It has therefore received support from retail businesses and urban workers, who benefit from having lighter summer evenings.

However, some groups who prefer lighter mornings, like farmers, argue that the economic benefits of BST are unproven and that we would all be better of sticking to GMT all year round.

New research from YouGov found that those who are opposed to the twice-yearly time change outnumber those who are in favour by 40-33 per cent. However, nearly a quarter of the public (22 per cent) have no opinion either way and 4% were undecided.

While the majority of over-60s would prefer to abandon the practice of changing the clocks altogether, only 21% of 18-24 year olds feel the same way.

When Do the Clocks Change in 2016 and 2017?

Clocks will go forward on Sunday, March 27th and will go back on Sunday, October 30th 2016

In 2017, the clocks will go forward on Sunday, March 26th and will go back on Sunday, October 29th

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