Response 578572404

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Lynne Palmer

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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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Only that RSL's provide housing & deal with issues of tenancy; also they have the power of use of tenant's money & types of support services. If this extending of the coverage of FOI to RSL's can give more transparency re. how they do this then RSL's will become more open & honest. Complete openness will be a good thing for the tenants of RSL's because they will feel encouraged to keep on doing Tenant Participation. We need a high standard of TP, but if tenants find it too difficult because of their RSL being a 'closed shop', they wont be able to keep up the fight. And as it is voluntary work they will feel it's not worth the struggle. They will become despondent & not continue. Also, some tenants don't properly see that a 'closed shop' is in place; this leads to feelings of confusion & not being able to work out what is going on in the background. One thing we could have is training on what constitutes a 'closed shop'. Ask the question: What does go on in the background of RSL's?, at Board level etc; & with the money? Some RSL's could be waiting for tenants to become despondent.

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

Comments:
The use of the word "appear" at 2.3, page 16 is problematic. The rest of the Draft seems good to me; although I'm not experienced on this issue.

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
Any housing provider is running a business on people's lives, so there must be transparency re. information & particularly the use of money; also the amount of rent for a property & the rent structure are key issues. Tenant Participation will only get fully up to the task in hand when tenants are fully empowered by laws. This FOI to RSL's will assist TP. Tenants will see their opportunity & feel stronger in their ability to influence their RSL. I can't find anything to say re. the Equalities Impact Assessment, nor the Child Rights & Wellbeing Impact Assessment.