Response 642404810

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About You

What is your name?

Name
Hazel Lawson

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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What is your organisation?

Organisation
South Lanarkshire Council

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.

Please enter comments:
We are in agreement with the matters referred to in the consultation paper. In particular given that a number of RSLs are former local authority housing stock it appears inequitable that their tenants do not have the same rights to information as those tenants of local authorities.

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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Ticked Yes
No

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

Comments:
The Assessment seems comprehensive and appropriate.

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
The proposals would appear to enhance the rights of such persons to obtain information relevant to their needs and interests.