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Industry and sectoral news, information, insights and support are offered exclusively to ASSC Members via regular emails in the Members’ Area of this website. To see an archive of past issues click here: (Please note to access all the articles in full you will need to be a member of ASSC.)

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City of Edinburgh Council Tourist Tax Consultation: Statement from ASSC

Created: January 9, 2019
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Responding to the City of Edinburgh Council Tourist Tax Consultation results, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said: “While the motivation behind this consultation is to be welcomed, we at the ASSC are concerned that the foundations on which it is based are not as robust as this serious issue deserves. “For […]

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Opinion Piece: Scapegoating Short-Term Rentals Won’t Solve The Housing Crisis

Created: January 9, 2019
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

There’s a housing crisis in this country. Scotland, and our capital city in particular, just doesn’t have houses available to meet the needs of our population. This lack of housing represents one of the biggest challenges that we face as a country and, without doubt, something must be done about it – and soon. It […]

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City of Edinburgh Council Tourism Tax Consultation

Created: January 9, 2019
Posted in: Legislation, Representation, Tourism Industry

Results from the public consultation on the introduction of a tourism tax in Edinburgh have now been released. In terms of the headline statistics: Overall, 85% of the 2,500 respondents backed the Council’s plans on TVL Nine-in-ten (91%) of residents supported the introduction of a TVL More than half (51%) of accommodation providers support the […]

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Scottish Budget

Created: December 12, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

As you will be aware, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay, presented the Scottish Budget to the Scottish Parliament today. “In the spirit of the Barclay Review which calls for the provision of better information on non- domestic rates and for the Scottish Government to explain changes to the rating […]

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Business Rates: Transitional Relief

Created: December 12, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Member Benefits, Representation, Tourism Industry

Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy has confirmed the Scottish Government’s intention to extend Transitional Relief until 2022: “I am writing to inform you that on 26 October, I confirmed the Scottish Government’s intention to extend transitional relief until the next revaluation in 2022, whilst visiting the Ness Walk Hotel development […]

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What Might A Tourist Tax Mean For You?

Created: December 12, 2018
Posted in: Business, Legislation, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The Scottish Government is facilitating a national discussion on the issue of a tourism tax, to allow all relevant and interested parties to share their views and evidence for and against.  Please click here to take part in the conversation and share your views.    A Message from STA: The arguments for and against a […]

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Proposal for Transient Visitor Levy in Edinburgh

Created: December 9, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Tourism Industry

Open Letter to Adam McVey, Leader, City of Edinburgh Council We are writing collectively to express our complete opposition to the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposals for the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL)/tourist tax in the city. Such a measure would be hugely damaging to the tourism and hospitality sector and undo much […]

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ASSC Statement in Response to David Alexander

Created: December 7, 2018
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

In light of the comments made by David Alexander of DJ Alexander in the 06 December issue of The Scotsman, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers has issued the following statement. ASSC Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said: “It is deeply regrettable that an individual who commands as much respect in the Edinburgh property market as David […]

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Press Release: ASSC Appoints All-female Executive Team for First Time

Created: December 5, 2018
Posted in: Press Release, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC has appointed an all-female executive team for the first time in its 40-year history. Linda Battison steps into the chair role recently vacated by outgoing chairman, David Smythe, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Ms Battison joins vice-chair, Tara Scott, and the association’s chief executive, Fiona Campbell, to form the new […]

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Repairing Standard

Created: December 3, 2018
Posted in: Business, Guidance, Industry News, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Draft copies of two Scottish Statutory Instruments intended to amend the repairing standard for private sector housing were published on 3rd December. These statutory instruments implement the commitment made to amend the repairing standard following Part 2 of the consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in the private rented sector (https://consult.gov.scot/better-homes-division/energy-efficiency-programme/), which ASSC submitted […]

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