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What the ASSC Does for You and The Sector

Being part of the ASSC brings you and your business direct benefits, but it also means you are supporting an active and effective organisation working on the big things that matter.

The ASSC lobbies on behalf of self-catering on national and local issues, and is recognised by consultative bodies, and local and central government, as a respected and effective voice.   Our ethos is building relationships and working together with others.

Working with VisitScotland:

ASSC consults regularly with VisitScotland at all levels, and as an Association, we have our own relationship manager.   We are represented on the Quality Advisory Committee, the Marketing Interest group and additionally take part in many face to face discussions as well as online.

Working with Government:

We are actively involved at the political level in Scotland, and have had formal one-to-one meetings with the Minister at Holyrood, and a series of informal sessions.  We are seen as a trusted and balanced organisation, and our views are sought by the Scottish Government.  We are in touch with the Scottish Government Tourism team.   We have given evidence to the Tourism Energy and Economy Committee at Holyrood twice now.   We attend tourism events at parliament.   We are part of the recently set up Cross Party Tourism group.

Working with the Industry:

ASSC is a founder member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and we have a place on the STA Council which meets quarterly, often with the Minister attending. We attend all the STA main industry events including Open meetings and the main Conference during Tourism Week.

ASSC is a member of FoNSCA, the Federation of National Self-Catering Associations of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This is a particularly useful organisation to deal with national issues, and was instrumental in tackling the Furnished Holiday Letting tax proposals where we are able to moderate the impact through our combined voice.

We are key members of the European Holiday Homes Association, round a table with some holiday home giants like Wyndams, taking our voice to Europe. The volume and value of our sector is considerable, and it is important that we are heard.

We have working relationships with Scottish Land and Estates, Go Rural and the National Farmers Union of Scotland.

Working on Regulations:

We meet with the Scottish Assessors regularly, and have recently been invited to join the Scottish Ratepayers’ Forum which comprises a dozen or so organisations like us from all sectors meeting senior Assessors and Scottish Government.

Occasionally, big items appear out of the blue. We were involved in the Fire Regulations revision, and working together with key players like Federation of Small Businesses at high level Government meetings, we were able to persuade the Scottish Government Resilience team to come up with the Small Sleeping Fire Regulations.  We were also able to argue for financial assistance to bring private water supplies up to standard to meet new regulations.

01 June 2017: Calls for Evidence from the Scottish Government

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers has been stepping up its political engagement in recent months by responding to two separate calls for evidence from the Scottish Government, as well as one from a Scottish Parliament Committee.

In April 2017, the ASSC supplied evidence to the Scottish Government on scoping research on the supply and demand for short-term lets in Scotland.

In May,  the ASSC’s Chairman David Smythe appeared before MSPs at the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee to provide evidence on the tourism sector alongside other industry stakeholders. You can watch recorded coverage of his appearance here, or read the Official Report of the meeting.

Later that month,  the ASSC provided written evidence to the Scottish Expert Panel on the Collaborative Economy which was established to provide “advice, expertise and experience to ongoing policy development on the collaborative economy”. This Panel will eventually provide recommendations to Scottish Government Ministers on the opportunities and challenges in this area, including on peer-to-peer accommodation. Read the report: Call for Evidence – ASSC.

In all three instances, the ASSC has highlighted the valuable contribution its members make to the Scottish tourism economy and cautioned against policies that would be detrimental to our industry, such as disproportionate regulation of the short term let market.

The ASSC looks forward to lobbying Scottish policymakers on these key issues, and other matters of relevance, in the year ahead.

18 April 2017: Submission to the Barclay Review

The ASSC, alongside the British Hospitality Association, the Scottish Tourism Alliance and Rates Assessors gave evidence to the Barclay Review. Read the submission: Hospitality Valuations Working Group Meeting Actions.

03 April 2017: ASSC Economic Impact Assessment of Short Term Lettings on the Scottish Economy

The ASSC commissioned Frontline Consultants to carry out a major study to measure the Economic Impact of the Self-Catering sector in Scotland.

The evaluation reveals the economic impact of all visits made to self-catering providers in Scotland, and provides an area by area breakdown of this expenditure.  It:

  • assesses expenditure by property-owners and managers, and visitors in the local economy;
  • provides an independent, evidence-based, understanding of the direct and indirect economic impact/contribution of the self-catering sector in Scotland;
  • estimate the full-time equivalent jobs supported by the sector

The findings from this research provide evidence of the value of the self-catering sector to the Scottish economy and heighten the recognition of the sector as an essential part of the tourism mix and economic growth.

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