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S5W-20186: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) purpose and (b) remit is of its Short Term Lets Delivery Group; which groups are represented on it; on what dates it has met; what future meetings are planned; which stakeholders it has engaged with, and by what date it will present its findings.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 December 2018

The purpose and remit of the Short Term Lets Delivery Group is set out in the Scottish Government's response to the recommendations made by the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy. Full details can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-response-scottish-expert-advisory-panel-collaborative-economy-report/ .

The Group is working to deliver on the Programme for Government commitment to ensure that local authorities have the appropriate regulatory powers to allow them to take the decisions to balance the needs and concerns of their communities with wider economic and tourism interests. These powers will allow local authorities to ensure a safe, quality experience for visitors, whilst protecting the interests of local communities.

The Group comprises Scottish Government officials from across relevant areas of government including: better regulation, community empowerment, economy, housing, licensing, planning, taxation and tourism. There are no external members. The group has met five times: 26 June 2018; 15 August 2018; 7 September 2018; 26 October 2018; and 27 November. It is envisaged that the group will continue to meet on an approximately monthly basis. Members of the group have met with Airbnb, the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, the City of Edinburgh Council, COSLA and the Short Term Accommodation Association specifically to discuss short term lets. Members of the Group have also discussed short terms lets with other stakeholders in the context of taking forward other government business. In 2019, the Group will engage widely with local government, communities and business interests across Scotland. It is intended that the Group will report its findings in the course of 2019.