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The Freedom of Information Unit in the Scottish Government originally outlined its intentions to consult on the extension of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland in Autumn of 2016, and this formal consultation concluded in March 2017.  The SFHA submitted its response to this consultation in March 2017 having consulted with its membership.   The full SFHA response is available here: SFHA Response to Proposed Extension of FOISA to RSLs

In December 2017, Scottish Government announced a draft order detailing the basis by which it intends to extend the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to Scottish Housing Associations and Co-operatives and their subsidiaries.   The full consultation paper is available here  SFHA submitted a response to this consultation that is available in the downloads section beneath this article, or by clicking on these links:

SFHA Response to Draft Order Proposing Extension of FOI to RSLs (March 2018)

Annex 1 to SFHA Response - Legal Advice Received From TC Young (March 2018)

The SFHA, in conjunction with GWSF, has produced guidance for its members about the kinds of information it is recommended organisations proactively make available through their websites.  'Open All Hours? A Model Publication Framework for Housing Associations and Co-operatives' is available below (see here).

The SFHA, also in conjunction with GWSF, commissioned research into the potential impact of extending FOI legislation to RSLs in Scotland.   This research was referenced in our response to the consultation.   More details about this can be found below (see here).

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Alan Stokes

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