10. Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA)
10.1. This is a summary of the EQIA.
Summary of aims and desired outcomes of policy
10.2. The objectives are as set out at paragraph 8.4.
10.3. The EQIA demonstrates that there are no potentially negative impacts to equality groups as a result of the introduction of our short-term lets licensing scheme and planning control areas.
10.4. The background is as set out in chapter 3.
The Scope of the EQIA
10.5. The EQIA draws on a range of stakeholder input and data, which has informed the development of the policy proposals for the regulation of short-term lets. In particular:
a) Over 1,000 responses to our 2019 consultation on a regulatory framework for short-term lets and events in support of the consultation.
b) Over 1,000 responses to our 2020 consultation on proposals for a licensing scheme and control areas, and virtual events and workshops in support of the consultation.
c) Ongoing engagement and input from colleagues within Scottish Government, through the Short Term Lets Delivery Group.
d) Independent research on the impact of short-term lets on communities, commissioned in 2019 to fill gaps in our evidence base.
10.6. No issues have been identified as a result of the EQIA process.
Recommendations and Conclusion
10.7. Our assessment is that the introduction of our short-term lets licensing scheme and planning control areas do not give rise to any equality issues.
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