Extending Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to Registered Social Landlords

Closed 23 Feb 2017

Opened 1 Dec 2016

Overview

The consultation sets out proposals to extend coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs). Extending coverage of FOISA would give the same 'access to information' rights to tenants of RSLs as local authority housing tenants currently have. RSLs would have a statutory responsibility to reply to information requests within set timescales. Under FOISA, if an applicant is dissatisfied with how an authority responds they can ultimately appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner who is the independent regulator of the legislation.

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Why We Are Consulting

These proposals are subject to full public consultation. Under the legislation the Scottish Government is required to consult with all those potentially affected by the legislation - in this case Registered Social Landlords and their tenants. Consultation will also include representative bodies (of both landlords and tenants) and a range of other interested stakeholders - including those representing Equalities Networks.

What Happens Next

Following consultation, responses will be analysed with engagement from relevant stakeholders. In due course the Government will issue a formal response paper. In the event of a decision being taken to extend coverage to Registered Social Landlords an order will be laid in the Scottish Parliament - but can only come into force following Parliamentary scrutiny and approval.

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Constitution and Democracy
  • Housing and Regeneration