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Social Rented Housing: Freedom of Information

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons registered social landlords (RSLs) are exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; in what ways RSLs are accountable to their residents; and what powers local councils have over RSLs operating in their area. (290436)

In relation to the reasons why RSLs are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) on 6 July 2009, Official Report, column 593W.

RSLs are independent not-for-profit organisations responsible for their own aims, objectives, performance and management. The Government sponsors the Tenant Services Authority to regulate RSLs to ensure that they provide decent homes and services for tenants.

Local councils have no regulatory powers over RSLs operating in their area.