FoI legislation



Daradjeet Jagpal: FOI and the GDPR – Uncomfortable Bedfellows?

RSLs up and down the country are working hard to ensure that they are ready for freedom of information (FOI) for 11 November 2019. The interface between FOI and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an issue that is likely to come up frequently for RSLs when handling and responding to FOI requests involving personal data. In the first of a series of articles, Daradjeet Jagpal examines the interface and outlines some of the issues for RSLs.

Published 24 September 2019

Lisa Kinroy: New rules for FOI – what Scottish housing associations need to know

Lisa Kinroy on the upcoming extension of Freedom of Information legislation to registered social landlords.

Published 13 May 2019

SPIF event to discuss Freedom of Information and RSLs

A public forum is being held to discuss the designation of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) under Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation.

Published 1 March 2019

Holyrood committee asks if Freedom of Information Act can be improved

A Holyrood committee is looking for a wide range of views on the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published 1 March 2019

TC Young: Nine months and counting until Freedom of Information comes to the RSL sector

In light of the announcement by the Scottish Government regarding the implementation date for Freedom of Information (FOI) applying to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), Eileen Barr and Len Freedman outline the areas covered by the new regime.

Published 12 February 2019

FOI to apply to Registered Social Landlords from November 2019

Housing associations in Scotland will come under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act from November this year, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 11 February 2019

Blog: Freedom of information net closing on housing associations

Paul Motion and Muneeb Gill from BTO explore the implications of a draft order that will designate Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and RSL subsidiaries as “public authorities” for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 from April 2019.

Published 12 December 2017

Plan to extend FOI legislation to housing associations from April 2019

Housing associations in Scotland could be subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) laws from April 2019, subject to a parliamentary vote, it has been announced.

Published 7 December 2017

Scottish Government to respond to FOI consultation in Autumn

The Scottish Government has revealed that it will issue its formal response to the consultation regarding potential extension of Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in the Autumn.

Published 25 April 2017

Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland offers to assist RSLs prepare for FoI coverage

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is to re-establish the Scottish Public Information Forum so it can work with stakeholders on access to information rights.

Published 21 April 2017

Blog: RSLs: The final FOI countdown?

The Scottish Government published a consultation document in December 2016, seeking views on whether the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) should be extended to Scottish registered social landlords (RSLs).  Consultation responses have now been received, 73 of which have been published.

Published 18 April 2017

CIH Scotland reaffirms opposition to extending FOI legislation to RSLs

CIH Scotland has outlined its concerns about the implications of extending Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).

Published 28 February 2017

Consultation on extending coverage of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs

The Scottish Government’s consultation on extending Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) closes on February 23.

Published 8 February 2017

Blog: What is FOI and why should RSLs be interested?

Consultant and solicitor Daradjeet Jagpal responds to the Scottish Government consultation on extending Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to RSLs in Scotland. 

Published 5 December 2016

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to RSLs in Scotland.

Published 1 December 2016