Licensing Standards Monthly Newsletter - February 2023

Scottish Government Restricting Alcohol Advertising and Promotion: Consultation

The Consultation sets out a range of different options for restricting the advertising and marketing of alcohol products across Scotland. Should you wish to contribute to this Consultation the Scottish Government is inviting responses by 9th March 2023.

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

The Deposit Return Scheme is set to go live on 16th August 2023 and will affect among others Hospitality premises (those premises that sell drinks for consumption on the premises) and retailers (those who sell drinks for take away only).  A set of FAQs is available for those businesses affected.

Licensing Board Meeting Dates 2023

Here are the Licensing Board meetings dates for 2023.  Applicants should be mindful of last lodging dates and submit their applications in good time.

Cyber Scotland Week – 27th February to 4th March 2023

Cyber Scotland Week draws together events across Scotland designed to make businesses, organisations and individuals more cyber aware and resilient.  Whether we’re younger or older, . from our home life to our business and whether you need to protect yourself or your organisation, you need to be cyber aware and resilient in a growing digital world

Local News – from Argyll and Bute Council

Council confirms funding support for strategic events and festivals: Funding to support a wide range of popular cultural events and festivals in Argyll and Bute has been approved by the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

You can sign up to receive free regional Flood Warnings or local Flood Alerts from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Cost of living support: Rising costs of food, energy bills, rent and mortgages, means that more and more people are struggling to cope. We’ve created three dedicated pages on the Council website to provide support and advice for families during the cost of living crisis.

Cost of living support for Argyll and Bute island residents: To provide further support with the cost of living, Argyll and Bute Council is issuing Love Local cards, worth £120 to island households in receipt of Council Tax Reduction.

Argyll and Bute has a licence scheme in place for short term lets, as required by Scottish Government legislation.  If you are starting up a short term let business, or are already running one, here is information on what you should do to ensure you are operating legally.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is inviting you to take part in a free online self-assessment to find out how safe your property is and what you can do to make it better.

Improving lives in Argyll and Bute: The Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership want to know what you would like to see improved for people living in Argyll and Bute.

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