Response 659500304

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About You

What is your name?

Name
Pierre De Fence

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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What is your organisation?

Organisation
Knowes Housing Association

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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Yes
Ticked 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 are already required to provide significant levels of information to the public through the Social Housing Charter and other requirements of the Scottish Housing Regulator and the Scottish Procurement Reform legislation, RSLs also through the nature of the organisations that they are, mostly charities, already make information available on request. We feel that adding to the burden of legislation and compliance is unnecessary and will be of no benefit to those who require information.

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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Yes
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If not, you may wish to indicate what timescale you feel would be more appropriate and why.
We feel that the order should not come into force, however if it does, we feel at a minimum it should be April 2019

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
We don't feel this legislation will impact on Equality Groups, that is, it will neither improve their position nor weaken it.