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ASSC Response to Criticism of the Holiday Let Sector

Created: August 16, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC have responded to criticism of the holiday let sector in today’s edition of The Courier (16th August 2017). The original article can be seen here. You can access the online version of letter here. A full copy of the letter is available to view below.  “Dear Sir, The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers write in response […]

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Press Release: ASSC Hits Back at Short-Term Let Critics

Created: August 14, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC has responded to the increasing level of criticism levelled at the short term letting sector. A number of reports released in recent weeks ignore the substantial benefits the sector brings to the local and national economy. In the second in a series of briefing papers on short-term lets, Andy Wightman, a Scottish Green […]

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Energy Performance Certificates Regulations Loom

Created: July 6, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Threat EPC Regulations Pose to the Self-catering and Short-Term Letting Sector in Scotland The ASSC has recently responded to the Scottish Government’s Call for Evidence in relation to Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing.  A background briefing on EPCs and the ASSC’s full submission can be read […]

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Cut Tourism VAT Campaign

Created: June 28, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Tourism VAT is on the agenda for the Government as part of the Confidence and Supply arrangement agreed by the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. As set out in the agreement, made public yesterday: A detailed consultative report will be commissioned into the impact of VAT on tourism in Northern Ireland to […]

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Consultation: Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing

Created: June 27, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

The Scottish Government have published proposals as part of a consultation to ensure that all private rented homes in Scotland meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency and also to make amendments to the required condition standards to improve overall condition. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, Scottish Ministers will develop draft regulations for […]

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Press Release: New research reveals self-catering holidaymakers spend £723m in Scotland each year

Created: June 21, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

New research into the economic impact of the self-catering sector has, for the first time, revealed that those residing in short term lettings spend more than £723m in Scotland each year. The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) commissioned Frontline Consultants to conduct an independent, evidence-based report to evaluate the extent of the self-catering industry’s overall […]

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STA launches key research project: Tourism & Hospitality – The Growing Cost of Doing Business

Created: June 14, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) is conducting a piece of research to gain a clearer insight into the impact of the rising costs within Scotland’s tourism sector. There is no assurance that the Business rate relief cap will be extended for a further year from April 18, in the event that the Barclay Review has […]

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Consultation on the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

Created: June 8, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Scottish Ministers are seeking comments on proposals to transpose, for private water supplies, Amending Directive (EU) 2015/1787 which makes some changes to Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption (“the Drinking Water Directive”). These changes need to be transposed by 27 October 2017. The Scottish Ministers propose to make the Water […]

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Halogen Communications Appointed to Provide PR and Public Affairs Support

Created: June 1, 2017
Posted in: Marketing, Representation

We are pleased to announce that Halogen Communications has recently been contracted to provide public affairs and public relations services to the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers. Halogen Communications is one of Scotland’s leading consultancies and the team has an unrivalled range of experience in politics and media. Current staff include a former Scottish Officer Minister, […]

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Submission to the Barclay Review

Created: May 20, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, alongside a number of key industry stakeholders, has responded to the call for evidence from the Barclay Review of Business Rates. The Barclay Review was established by the Scottish Government in order to make recommendations to enhance and reform the business rate system in Scotland. The ASSC, British Hospitality Association, Scottish […]

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