Registered Social Landlords and FOI: One Year On

Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland are responding well to being covered by freedom of information (FOI) laws, according to our latest research report. The report examines the experience of RSLs over their first year of FOI, and finds that 97% of organisations responding to our survey were confident in their ability to respond effectively to FOI requests, while 81% were publishing more information as a result of FOI.

The report, Registered Social Landlords and FOI: One Year On, also finds that:

  • 84% of requests for information held by organisations resulted in some or all of the requested information being disclosed.
  • Organisations have not been overwhelmed by FOI, with 57% reporting a 'small' impact on staff workload, and 95% reporting 24 requests or fewer during 2020.
  • Most organisations used existing staffing and structures to resource FOI, with only 8% of organisations employing new staff.
  • Some organisations were uncertain about the benefits of FOI, with 27% stating that FOI had brought no benefits to their organisation. A larger proportion, however - 39% - disagreed with this view.

Read the Report:

Registered Social Landlords and FOI: One Year On (PDF)

 

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