What is Freedom of Information?
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives everyone the right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities.
The aim of the Act is to increase openness and transparency by allowing people to access information about how decisions are taken and how public services are delivered.
Registered Social Landlords and many of their subsidiaries have been designated as a Scottish Public Authority for the purposes of Freedom of Information law with effect from 11 November 2019 for certain of their functions. The functions which are covered by FOI law:
• The prevention and alleviation of homelessness
• Management of social housing accommodation
• Provision and management of sites for gypsies and travellers
• Information supplied to the Scottish Housing Regulator about finance and governance
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme which has the approval of the Scottish Information Commissioner, and publish information in accordance with that scheme.
Authorities are under a legal obligation to:
- Publish the classes of information that the authority makes routinely available
- Tell the public how to access the information and whether information is available free of charge or on a payment
Alongside the Act, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (the EIRs) provide a separate right of access to the environmental information that we hold.
Model Publication Scheme
ng homes and its wholly owned subsidiary (ng 2) have adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2018, produced and approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
The Scheme has set out our commitment to make certain classes of information routinely available, such as policies, minutes of meetings and financial information. We have developed a Guide to Information for this purpose and this also contains information and details of the environmental information that we routinely make available.
Under Freedom of Information legislation, we may withhold information if there is a good reason to do so.
If we withhold information, we will let you know why. If you are unhappy with our decision, or with the way we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review our decision.
If you do not agree with the outcome of the review you can ask the Scottish Commissioner to investigate.
If you have a request for information, please complete and submit our Freedom of Information Request Form.
Requests can also be made in writing, by email, video or audio tape.
If you have any questions or require a copy of the Model Publication Scheme or the Guide to Information in a different format, please contact us:
Corporate Services Department
Ned Donaldson House
50 Reidhouse Street
0141 560 6000