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Bill Chisholm

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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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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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The transfer of thousands of council-owned houses in the Scottish Borders to the specially formed Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) in 2003 represented one of the first and largest stock transfers in Scotland. The switch of tenancies in the Borders, Glasgow and Dumfries & Galloway, to name but three transfers, means that tenants in these areas are unable to make Freedom of Information requests to their respective housing associations. Surely this cannot be right when tenants of Scottish councils which have held on to their housing stock can submit requests relating to their local housing service. There can be no doubt that RSLs provide functions of a public nature just as housing departments of local authorities do. Therefore every tenant in Scotland should have the same rights under FOI legislation. It is time to end this unjust imbalance and make RSLs much more publicly accountable.

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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