Lobbying

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We feel it is essential for self catering operators to be part of a strong lobby group who are advocating the self catering sector’s view point on important matters such as ‘water charges’, TV Licences and impending changes to the Tourism Traffic Act and many more relevant issues.

TV Licence /Broadcasting charge

We have successfully lobbied the Department of Communications to acknowledge and address the anomaly that self catering operators find themselves in versus the hotels and have received assurances that these anomalies will be addressed in the forthcoming Broadcasting charge proposals.

The Department of Communications received over 400 submissions as a result of the consultation process and are currently carrying out a detailed review.  It has been indicated that the original proposed  date for the roll  out of the Broadcasting charge (Early 2015) will not now occur and that for the moment there will be no immediate change to the current arrangement.

Water Rates and Meters

ISCF are also in discussions with the Energy Regulator on how best to address the ambiguous water charges for self catering business.  Our members will be kept updated on our discussions and we would like to thank all our members who recently participated in our water rates and standing charges survey.

Tourism Traffic Act

The Tourism Traffic Act is currently under review and we are very aware of the importance of changes to this act and are monitoring this closely.