Keeping You Informed – 29th June 2021

Our round up of the latest news and information affecting livelihoods and businesses on Skye.

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Hospitality UK warning of ‘long Covid for the economy’

‘Chartered Accountants Wylie & Bisset has backed Hospitality UK’s warning of a ‘long Covid for the economy’ as firms face huge levels of debt as the economy reopens.

With the hospitality sector having amassed £2.5bn of rent debt with another £6bn worth of government debt accrued through schemes such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), there is a grave risk of widespread insolvencies and site closures afflicting the sector if the debt issue is left unresolved.’

You can read the full article here – https://bit.ly/3qKUTG9

Short-Term Lets: Licensing Order

Information on proposed Short Term Licensing Scheme Across Scotland. This letter was originally published by the Scottish Tourism Alliance.

The letter from Shona Robison states,

‘We now intend to publish the Licensing Order in draft in June for a final round of consultation and to lay the Order in September. Licensing authorities will now have until 1 October 2022 to establish a licensing scheme, giving them one year from sight of the instrument as laid to do so. However, the later deadlines set out in the legislation including, in particular, the final deadline of 1 April 2024 for all short-term lets to be licensed, are unchanged. In the rest of this letter, I set out the reasons for taking this approach.’

You can read the full letter here – https://bit.ly/35Xvrnd

Scottish Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19): review of physical distancing in Scotland – June 2021

‘Sets out the outcome of a review of physical distancing in public places, taking account of the science, and the current and projected state of the epidemic in Scotland in light of our vaccine roll-out and the ‘four harms’ of the virus.’

Full information can be found here – https://bit.ly/3qwNKJc

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