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Consultation on Extending Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to Registered Social Landlords

Consultation on Extending Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to Registered Social Landlords

Thursday, December 1, 2016

ISBN: 9781786526489

The consultation paper invites views on proposals to extend coverage of Scotland's Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs). Extending Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs will provide a statutory right to request information from RSLs. Views are welcome from the wider housing sector including tenants, RSLs, representative organisations - as well as all other interested stakeholders.

Executive Summary

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides a statutory right to request information from authorities subject to FOISA.

Coverage of the legislation can be extended to organisations exercising 'functions of a public nature'.

The consultation paper identifies a series of 'factors' aimed at establishing whether Registered Social Landlords undertake functions of a public nature.

Responses are welcome in particular from the housing sector as well as from those presenting 'Equality Group' interests.

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Scotland's Freedom of Information legislation remains effective and up-to-date. This consultation continues the Scottish Government's incremental approach to extending coverage of FOISA.