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1. Do you agree that freedom of information legislation should be extended to Registered Social Landlords, as proposed in this consultation paper?

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2. Freedom of Information can be extended to organisations that undertake ‘functions of a public nature’. You may wish to provide comments on how you consider that RSLs undertake functions of a public nature, for example, with reference to the factors referred to earlier in the consultation paper.

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Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) perform many of the functions of local authorities, and much of their funding comes from public money so I firmly believe that the Freedom Of Information legislation should be extended to RSLs. There needs to be consistency.

3. The proposed order would be expected to come into force on 1 April 2018. Do you consider this a reasonable timescale, allowing for preparation for inclusion?

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5. We would welcome comments on how these proposals might impact on ‘Equality Groups’ i.e. in respect of age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexuality, children’s rights etc. Comments will inform the Equalities Impact Assessment and Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment to be completed following consultation.

Comments
I think greater transparency provided that the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act will have a positive impact on 'Equality Groups', as it will not only make the provision of social/affordable housing fair but also to be seen to be fair.