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Eleventh Hour Letter to the Scottish Government

On 10th July, the ASSC wrote to the Housing Minister, Paul McLennan MSP in response to a letter sent to the Convener of the Local Government Housing and Planning Committee.

“The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) continues to value the dialogue we have with you on the Scottish Government’s short-term let regulations. While there may be differences of opinion on certain aspects of policy, the openness you have shown, your willingness to engage and the constructive tone is welcome.

“However, as the clock ticks down to 1 October 2023, you are aware that the tourism industry still has major concerns about licensing, and have repeatedly called for changes, both before and following the recent legal opinion from Lord Braid. You also know that the ASSC and others believe that the licensing scheme, in its current form, remains unfit for purpose and will not meet its policy objectives, and will just devastate a key part of the tourism industry for no material benefit.

“Recently, the Scottish Government was rightly commended by many business stakeholders for either revising or postponing policies – this includes plans to restrict alcohol advertising, the introduction of the Scottish deposit return scheme, as well as on marine protection areas. The formation of the New Deal for Business is another welcome initiative, but its principles need to be applied to all policies, not just a select few.”

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