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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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I agree with the claim that RSLs play an important social role in housing provision. Their functions are clearly underpinned by statute, and the services RSLs provide are essential public services. Due to the nature of the services and functions performed, I believe that an enforceable right of access to information is necessary. I appreciate that the RSLs are committed to voluntary transparency, but I do not think this is a suitable alternative to legislative extension. Though I agree with the factor-based approach overall, I believe that some of the factors listed above focus more on institutional charactertistics, rather than the nature of the functions themselves. I refer here to public funding and regulation and oversight. I would have appreciated greater clarity on the weighting of these factors (if indeed there is any), as I believe that a principled approach to FOISA extension should place greater emphasis on the nature of the functions.

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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