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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).

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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.   

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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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GDPR Model Documentation, Guidance Notes and FAQs - Updated

In 2018, SFHA and GWSF commissioned TC Young to produce guidance and model documentation to assist members in meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).   Since then, legislative changes - including the Freedom of Information Act 2002 (FOISA) from 11 November 2019 - have necessitated an update to this guidance which is now available to all members.  An updated FAQ document and additional guidance based on queries we have received over the past year, is also included.

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Template FOI Documentation and Guidance Notes

Template FOI Documentation and Guidance Notes are now available to all SFHA members. 

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Further Freedom of Information (FOI) guidance and upcoming programme

  In early August, we shared with members our Open All Hours publication, that provided a template guide to information to aid with meeting the publication requirement under FOI.   We are pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with TC Young to provide further guidance and services in relation to FOI and data protection.  

Update to Open All Hours available now

In 2016, SFHA and GWSF jointly commissioned Open All Hours – A Model Publication Framework for Housing Associations and Co-operatives.   The guidance was developed to provide guidance and recommendations about the range of information that should be readily available to tenants, customers and members of the public – especially through publication on websites. An update to this guidance, reflecting the publication requirements under Freedom of Information legislation is now available to all SFHA and GWSF members.  

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Update on further SFHA FOI guidance and events

Following a series of events with Scottish Information Commissioner, SFHA, in conjunction with GWSF, is developing an update to its 2016 publication “Open All Hours”, along with further guidance and templates to aid members meet FOI requirements.  

 

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FOI Helpline Service exclusive to SFHA members

Free FOI helpline, provided by TC Young solicitors, available exclusively to SFHA members. 

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Implications of FOI extension on RSLs and Lobbying Act

The effect of the 2002 act’s extended coverage is that registered social landlords which fall under the definition in the Housing (Scotland) 2010 act will therefore no longer be engaged in ‘regulated lobbying’ for the purposes of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016.   

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Data Protection Officer (DPO) services

When Freedom of Information “goes live” for RSLs on 11 November, this will bring with it the requirement to employ a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).    SFHA is aware that this requirement has been causing members some concern, particularly for smaller organisations with limited resources.   As there are limitations on who can carry out the role – such as it can never be the Chief Executive – this has left some of our members feeling like they have no one internal who can carry out the role. SFHA has negotiated three packages of support at heavily discounted rates for SFHA members.   As different members will have different needs, we recognised it was important to ensure different options were available.   

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Update To Open All Hours Now Available

An update to guidance reflecting requirements under Freedom of Information legislation is now available to all SFHA and GWSF members.

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Housing Scotland 2019 Sponsors’ Week: Really Good Data Protection

11 and 12 June, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

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Housing Scotland 2019 Sponsors’ Week: BTO

11 and 12 June, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

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Lister publishes management committee minutes on website

Minutes will be published monthly once approved by the following management committee meeting.

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