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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03496
Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Date lodged: 5 October 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for its short-term lets licensing scheme and planning control area legislation, how the draft short-term lets licensing proposals support the (a) National Performance Framework and (b) Scottish Government's commitment to being a Wellbeing Economy Government.

Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 22 October 2021


Answer

(a) The regulation of short-term lets supports the following National Performance Framework objectives:

  • We have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy.
  • We have thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for everyone.
  • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally.
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe.
  • We value, enjoy, protect and enhance our environment.
  • We are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are enjoyed widely

(b) Building a Wellbeing Economy is a top priority for the Scottish Government. This means building an economy that is inclusive and that promotes sustainability, prosperity and resilience, where businesses can thrive and innovate, and that supports all of our communities across Scotland to access opportunities that deliver local growth and wellbeing. Our proposals for regulating short-term lets balance the needs and concerns of local communities with wider economic and tourism interests; getting this balance right means that responsible and sustainable tourism businesses can thrive and local communities’ wellbeing is safeguarded.