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Scottish Government tells Fire Authorities told to hold off enforcement action on small B&Bs
- new guidance will be issued in Scotland after consultation with the tourism industry

4 January 2009

In Scotland, enforcement action against small B&Bs was put on hold on 19th December by the Scottish Government, which admitted that enforcement action so far has resulted in "expensive and unnecessary fire safety measures being put in place which are not proportionate to the risks". In Westminster, however, the Fire Safety Minister has called for "more evidence" of closures of small businesses due to the same disproportionate enforcement action in England and Wales. For details, see our news page.

David Weston, Chief Executive of the Bed & Breakfast Association, commented: "this is very welcome New Year news for small B&Bs in Scotland, and we are delighted that the Scottish Government has shown it can respond decisively faced with disporoportionate enforcement and damage to tourism - which is clearly viewed in Scotland as a key industry. We look forward to the Westminster Government taking similar action to put England and Wales, where exactly the same issues apply to perhaps an even greater degree, on a level playing-field".

The letter can be read in full by clicking here.
(pdf document, 1p, 73kb)



PRESS RELEASE

The campaign's Press Release issued on 5th January 2008 can be read or downloaded below:

Press Release: B&Bs Threatened with Closure call for Level Playing Field with Scotland
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(MS Word file, 74Kb, 4 pages including Editors' Notes)





PRESS RELEASE

The campaign's launch Press Release can be read or downloaded below:

Press Release: Launch of 'Fire Safety SENSE' Campaign
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(MS Word file, 54Kb, 2 pages)




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