FoI legislation



SFHA updates COVID-19 briefing note on FOI

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has updated its COVID-19 briefing for social landlords on freedom of information (FOI).

Published 23 June 2020

FOI Act requires improvement in order to remain relevant, say MSPs

Scotland’s freedom of information legislation has improved the transparency and accountability of public bodies but needs to be updated to reflect the changing nature of public service delivery, according to Holyrood’s public audit committee.

Published 19 May 2020

Kelly Fraser: Coronavirus – extension of FOI deadlines for public authorities

Kelly Fraser outlines changes to the way public bodies respond to freedom of information requests as part of the emergency COVID-19 law.

Published 8 April 2020

FOI emergency law ‘goes too far’

Proposed changes to the way public bodies respond to freedom of information requests as part of emergency laws to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic go too far, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Published 2 April 2020

Freedom of Information regulations come into force for Scottish RSLs

Housing associations and many of their subsidiaries are now subject to requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published 12 November 2019

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