Response 856416453

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About You

What is your name?

Name
Lillias Reid

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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What is your organisation?

Organisation
BEEM (Borders, East Lothian, Edinburgh and Midlothian) Registered Tenant Organisation Regional Network (Region 5)

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:
RSLs undertake public functions such as receiving grants to build more homes and they can access public money to do wider role activities.

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?

If not, you may wish to indicate what timescale you feel would be more appropriate and why.
January 2018 would be preferable, though we would agree to April 2018 so long as it is no later than this.

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

Comments:
We want RSL tenants to have the same rights regarding access to information as local authority tenants. We do not think it will be overly burdensome on RSLs.

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
Extending FOI to RSLs would make things more inclusive for equality groups. At the current time there is inequality for these groups regarding access to information between local authorities and RSLs.