Response 486364729

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What is your name?

Name
Stephen Byrne

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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What is your organisation?

Organisation
Highland & Argyll & Bute Regional Network of Registered Tenant Organisations

Questions

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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No

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 provide provide housing and other services to Social Housing Tenants

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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No

4. We would welcome comments on the draft partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment provided at Annex A.

Comments:
We feel that although RSL's say they aim to comply with the spirit of the FOI act they should be covered by legislation to ensure that they act in the best interests of tenants and other users of their services.

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
There should be no effect.