Introduction to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act – SHARE

Who’s it for and what’s it about?

Following years of speculation, consultation and debate, Housing Associations in Scotland are set to become subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), with the precise date to be agreed through parliamentary vote.

This full day course provides a pragmatic introduction to the legislation and practical, proportionate steps you can take to prepare for compliance, building on your organisation’s existing approaches to information management, publication and request handling.

The course will include short discussion sessions, practical exercises and the development of a priority-based compliance action plan. After the course, attendees will receive a PDF copy of the training slides and a list of good practice guidance and sample policy documentation freely available online.

The course is aimed at staff within housing associations and co-operatives who will have key roles in preparing for and managing FOISA compliance or processing FOI requests.

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  • Legislative context and key concepts;
  • Benefits, impacts and implications for your organisation;
  • The role of the Scottish Information Commissioner
  • Enforcement and risks of non-compliance
  • Codes of practice
  • Publications schemes;
  • Dealing with requests;
  • Exemptions;
  • Charging fees;
  • Planning and resources for preparation and compliance.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you and your organization:

  • understand key concepts and requirements of FOISA and their practical implications for social housing organizations
  • understand and mitigate risks of non-compliance
  • take informed and practical action to prepare for compliance

Date: 19th July 2019

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Trainer: Heather Jack

Venue: SHARE, Saracen House, 139 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 5AZ

Costs: Members £195.00 / Non-Members £295.00

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