FOI Act 2000

Dear The Riverside Group Housing Association

Please regard the following as a FOI request
My questions are:
1)
Is the Riverside Group Housing Association owned by Public Bodies as shown below:
Helpful Information to be considered in determining your answer
a) Please provide any relevant details and or explanation
2)
If so Is the Riverside Group Housing Association strictly subject to the FOI Act 2000
3)
And therefore does the Riverside Group Housing Association hold a public log viewable online of all FOI requests and answers

To make it easier to understand the questions: in other words:-
What provision if any does the Riverside Group Housing Association provide to be open as possible in providing information when they are able.
The Housing Corporation requires housing associations to be accessible, accountable and transparent to residents and other stakeholders.
The National Housing Federation Code of Governance states that associations should operate in an open and accountable manner by generally making information about their work available to their residents, local communities and other stakeholders."

Yours sincerely
Ali Khan

Helpful Information to be considered in determining your answers:
a)
If a Housing Association is strictly subject to the Freedom of Information Act depends on if it is wholly owned by public bodies. Housing Associations are likely to be subject to the Environmental Information Regulations.
b)
The Office for National Statistics has today (30 Oct 15)classified housing associations as part of the public sector, leading to an estimated £60bn increase in public sector net debt.
The review by the ONS was in response to latest international guidance in the 2010 European System of Accounts, which came into force in September 2014, and the impact of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, which established the Homes and Communities Agency. It has not been linked by the ONS to government plans to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations.
According to the decision, housing associations that are private registered providers – registered with the Homes and Communities Agency – are now classified as Public Non-Financial Corporations. Housing associations are public, market producers, the ONS stated, and the ruling will be backdated to 2 July 2008, the date of enforcement of the 2008 Act.

FOI requests at The Riverside Group Housing Association, The Riverside Group Housing Association

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Sarah Bourne, The Riverside Group Housing Association

Dear Mr Khan

 

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

Riverside is a charitable registered society under the Co-Operative and
Community Benefits Societies Act 2014, it is not subject to the Freedom of
information Act 2000. It is not a publicly owned company within the
definition at section 6 of the Freedom of Act and it is not listed in
Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act as a public body.

 

Riverside does have a voluntary transparency statement which can be found
on the website. Please find a link to Riverside’s transparency information
[1]here.

 

I trust that the above deals with your enquiry.

 

Best regards

 

Sarah Bourne

Commercial and Data Protection Solicitor 

____________________________________________________________

 

Riverside, 2 Estuary Boulevard, Estuary Commerce Park, Liverpool L24 8RF

T: 0151 295 6139 M:07980761444  Riverside 0345 111 0000

Follow Riverside @RiversideUK

 

 

 

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From: Ali Khan <[2][FOI #401731 email]>

Sent: 2017/04/19 11:54:46

To: FOI requests at The Riverside Group Housing Association <info@rivers

    ide.org.uk>

Subject: Freedom of Information request - FOI Act 2000

 

Dear The Riverside Group Housing Association

 

Please regard the following as a FOI request My questions are:

1)

Is the Riverside Group Housing Association owned by Public Bodies as shown
below:

Helpful Information to be considered in determining your answer

a) Please provide any relevant details and or explanation

2)

If so Is the Riverside Group Housing Association strictly subject to the
FOI Act 2000

3)

And therefore does the Riverside Group Housing Association hold a public
log viewable online of all FOI requests and answers

 

To make it easier to understand the questions: in other words:- What
provision if any does the Riverside Group Housing Association provide to
be open as possible in providing information when they are able.

The Housing Corporation requires housing associations to be accessible,
accountable and transparent to residents and other stakeholders.

The National Housing Federation Code of Governance states that
associations should operate in an open and accountable manner by generally
making information about their work available to their residents, local
communities and other stakeholders."

 

Yours sincerely

Ali Khan

 

Helpful Information to be considered in determining your answers:

a)

If a Housing Association is strictly subject to the Freedom of Information
Act depends on if it is wholly owned by public bodies. Housing
Associations are likely to be subject to the Environmental Information
Regulations.

b)

The Office for National Statistics has today (30 Oct 15)classified housing
associations as part of the public sector, leading to an estimated £60bn
increase in public sector net debt.

The review by the ONS was in response to latest international guidance in
the 2010 European System of Accounts, which came into force in September
2014, and the impact of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, which
established the Homes and Communities Agency. It has not been linked by
the ONS to government plans to extend the Right to Buy to housing
associations.

According to the decision, housing associations that are private
registered providers – registered with the Homes and Communities Agency –
are now classified as Public Non-Financial Corporations. Housing
associations are public, market producers, the ONS stated, and the ruling
will be backdated to 2 July 2008, the date of enforcement of the 2008 Act.

 

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Dear Sarah Bourne,

Thank you kindly for your swift response and I quote

"Riverside does have a voluntary transparency statement which can be found
on the website. Please find a link to Riverside’s transparency information
[1]here."

With your statement in mind;

In the interests of openness and transparency are Riverside prepared to respond to further questions regarding management, maintenance schedules, policies, repair schedules, and the like by way of this site

Yours sincerely,
Ali Khan

Sarah Bourne, The Riverside Group Housing Association

Dear Mr Kahn,

 

In answer to your question I would point you again to the [1]transparency
statement in particular the following statement:

 

Riverside aims to be open and accountable to tenants, residents,
service-users and other customers. We aim to make information easy to find
for other interested parties such as partners, regulators, politicians and
members of local communities.

 

Please also note the following section.

 

Although we have chosen to adopt an open approach we are not classed as a
public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act and
are therefore not bound by it. For more information on what you can expect
from organisations which handle your personal data, please see the
Information Commissioner’s Office website

 

Please note that general information is provided by Riverside on its
website.

 

Regards

 

Sarah Bourne

Commercial and Data Protection Solicitor 

____________________________________________________________

 

Riverside, 2 Estuary Boulevard, Estuary Commerce Park, Liverpool L24 8RF

T: 0151 295 6139 M:07980761444  Riverside 0345 111 0000

Follow Riverside @RiversideUK

 

 

 

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