Request for information - Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Andrew J Killingbeck made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Yorkshire Housing
This authority is not subject to FOI law, so is not legally obliged to respond (manylion).


This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Yorkshire Housing.

Andrew J Killingbeck

Dear Yorkshire Housing,

I understand that this Housing Association is probably not strictly subject to the Freedom of Information Act. However 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.

Also the Information Commissioner has ruled that Housing Associations are subject to the Environmental Information Regulations.

Asbestos is an Environmental issue

SOME OF THE TYPES OF ASBESTOS MATERIALS THAT MAY BE FOUND IN HOMES ARE:
Insulating board
Lagging
Sprayed coating
Asbestos-cement
Other building materials and products – used in a variety of other building materials, such as decorative coatings (eg. textured paints and plasters/artex)
Heating appliances and domestic equipment

Therefore in relation to this, can you please provide me with the following information relating to your housing stock within West Yorkshire :-

1/ Can you please supply a list of all domestic/residential construction types (Standard, Non Standard/ Pre-fabricated) that are known to contain asbestos, which are owned by or managed by Yorkshire Housing

2/ the locations within those properties (construction) types where asbestos is known or expected to be found. -see above list. (copies of owner/occupier data, or information sheets are acceptable)

3/ A list of all the postcodes of such properties.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew J Killingbeck

Andrew J Killingbeck

Dear Yorkshire Housing, I refer to my FOI request dated 11th August, and note I have not had a response.
In my request I noted that I "understand that. However 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.

Also the Information Commissioner has ruled that Housing Associations are subject to the Environmental Information Regulations.
Asbestos is an Environmental issue

Please note that in dealing with my request, it should be considered it under
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as opposed to under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is because the information I have
requested is information involving ‘activities’ and ‘administrative
measures’ which are likely to affect elements of the environment under Reg
2(1)(c).

I therefore look forward to a prompt reply to my original request, failure to do so WILL result in a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner

Yours faithfully,

Andrew J Killingbeck

SMB Governance Team, Yorkshire Housing

Dear Mr Killingbeck,

 

Thank you for your email regarding the Freedom of Information Act and the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

As you may be aware, Yorkshire Housing is not subject to the Freedom of
Information Act, but we will endeavour to provide answers to requests when
we are able. Yorkshire Housing aims to be accessible, accountable and
transparent to customers and other stakeholders in our work.

 

The Information Commissioner states that both the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) only apply
to public bodies.

 

The only two exceptions to this are:

(a) the company is wholly owned by a public body or public bodies

(b) you are holding the information on behalf of a public body only
applies to ‘public body’

 

As Yorkshire Housing is not a public body we are not obliged to disclose
this information.

 

Unfortunately on this occasion Yorkshire Housing will not be providing the
requested infromation.

 

Best Regards,

 

Cory Vernon

Governance Assistant

Yorkshire Housing Ltd
Dysons Chambers, 12-14 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6ER

Tel: 0113 825 6207

Email: [1][email address]
Website: [2]www.yorkshirehousing.co.uk

 

Yorkshire Housing Limited is a charitable housing association (No.30443R)
Regulator of Social Housing (No.L4521) Registered office: Dysons Chambers,
12 – 14 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6ER.

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