UKHospitality warns against regulatory burdens in Scotland
17 October 2019
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has warned that the growing burden of regulations risks the stability of hospitality businesses in Scotland.
Responding to the Scottish Parliament’s call for evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, on a deposit return scheme, UKH has warned that, despite exemptions for hospitality businesses, employers are facing a plethora of costly, time-consuming and potentially confusing new measures.
UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod said: “In its outline for a deposit return scheme, the Scottish Government has taken the pragmatic step of exempting hospitality businesses operating in a closed-loop from the deposit return scheme. This will avoid the burden of hospitality businesses dealing with the complexities of charging a deposit and handling refunds in busy service environments where drinks containers are not intended to leave the premises.
“Despite this, we are concerned about the potential for unwanted burdens to be placed on businesses. There is a relatively short lead-time for implementation of the scheme, possibly as early as April 2021. There is much to be achieved if this date is to be met, not least the final approval of the regulations and the establishment of the Scheme Administrator. Individual businesses will also need to make preparations involving changes to current waste management contracts.
“All this will need to be done while the sector is dealing with other unwanted and unnecessary regulations including a probable transient visitor levy and additional food labelling requirements, against a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty.
“Ministers at Holyrood and Westminster need to take full account of the burdens of new legislation from both governments on businesses. We need policy-makers to think about the timing of implementation of prioritise accordingly. At the minute, it does not seem to feature in their thinking.”