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Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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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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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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Whilst RSLs do provide a public service they are also individual businessess and borrow finance from private banks to achieve their objective to provide rented accommodation and other services. Rolling out FOIs to RSLs would in my view have a disproportionat impact on smaller RSLs on existing resources.

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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If not, you may wish to indicate what timescale you feel would be more appropriate and why.
I do not wish FOIs to be rolled out to include RSLs based on the extra financial cost to smaller organisations and subsequently 'tenants' will pay.

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

Comments:
I support Option 1: Take no action.

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 is currently sufficient information available through the annual returns and charter to inform some of the above. More information in relation to the 'Equality Groups' can be extended to monitor compliance with Equalities Impact Assessments as currently carried out by the NHS, Councils and other public bodies.