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Freedom of Information and data protection resources for SFHA members

SFHA members have access to a range of resources to help them meet the requirements of Freedom of Information and data protection legislation. These have been developed in conjunction with legal specialists and relevant regulatory bodies, and include: template documentation; written guidance; sources to ring for further advice; and a forum to discuss current issues with peers.  


FOI and Data Protection Forum

A digital space for staff members who deal with FOI and/or Data Protection to discuss their experiences and seek advice from their peers within the sector is now available to SFHA members.


Data Protection Officer Services for SFHA Members

Discounted services are available to SFHA members to help meeet the requirement to have in place a Data Protection Officer.


Update for finance staff March 2020

There have been a number of updates recently of interest to finance staff. An outline is provided here.


FOI statistics so far (Nov - Dec 2019)

The Scottish Information Commissioner has shared some initial statistics on Freedom of Information requests in the sector between 11 November and 31 Dec 2019.   There were a total of 204 requests, with more details outlined below.


SFHA Responds to Scottish Government FOI Consultation

SFHA has submitted a brief response to the Scottish Government's consultation considering further extension of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).


SFHA Engagement with SIC and Scottish Government Regarding Subsidiaries

We recently surveyed members about communications with the Scottish Information Commissioner relating to subsidiaries.  Many thanks to all of those who responded, and we have since met with the Scottish Information Commissioner and written to Scottish Government regarding the application of the act to care subsidiaries in particular.   


Scottish Government Consultation on Further FOI Extension

Scottish Government is consulting on potential further extension of FOI to other bodies.   Whilst this consultation is not directly about our sector and is extremely broad, the consultation paper makes reference to care and potentially extending to bodies who are contracted by public bodies.   


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Secure your place at SFHA's FOI and Data Protection conferences

In March, SFHA will be exploring the importance of data and how the pandemic has shifted how we use, access, and share it within the social housing sector.  


SFHA to host virtual conferences on FOI and Data Protection

In March 2022, SFHA will host virtual conferences looking at best practice in Freedom of Information and Data Protection.


Registered Social Landlords ‘responding well’ to FOI

The new report, Registered Social Landlords and FOI: One Year On, is informed by data from a survey of RSLs and subsidiaries and statistics reported by organisations across 2020. 


FOI Helpline Service exclusive to SFHA members

A free FOI helpline, provided by TC Young solicitors, is available exclusively to SFHA members. 


What next for RGDP’s DPO service?

In his blog post, Mark Chynoweth, General Manager of RGDP LLP, discusses GDPR and the requirements for RSLs to be compliant. 


FOI Helpline for SFHA Members Extended

One year on from Freedom of Information legislation being extended to RSLs, the SFHA is pleased to announce that the free helpline provided exclusively to our members by TC Young will continue to be available for the coming year.  SFHA will be holding an event in January with TC Young to talk about lessons learned from the first year.  


What's on: bitesize legal session series with TC Young

Webinars in this series with be led by TC Young. 

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