Response 756919124

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Thomas Brown

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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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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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RSLs are private companies and most are registered charities. The can operate within the spirit of FOI.

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

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

The administrative burden that comes with FOI should not be understated and will be an unfair burden on tenants. I experienced FOI working in an NDPB and found the majority of requests came from freelance journalists fishing for stories that they could sell. RSLs are accountable to their tenants and to the SHR and can be open and transparent with all stakeholders without the burden of spurious information requests.