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I can see clearly now – are you ready for the “access to information scheme”?

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 22 Feb 2022 09:30
  • End 22 Feb 2022 13:00


I can see clearly now – achieving transparency in the social housing sector

virtual workshop

Find out what is expected by the soon to be introduced “access to information” scheme – and what it means for your day-to-day operations.

The government, under the White Paper (chapter two), is set to introduce a new access to information scheme for residents of housing associations and other private registered providers of social housing, so that information relating to landlords is easily accessible by residents. This will put all registered providers onto a similar footing with local authorities who are already obliged to comply with the Freedom of Information legislation that applies to statutory bodies.

This workshop takes a practical look at what’s involved:

  • An overview from DLUHC about the requirement – the spirit and its intentions
  • The practicalities:
    • What arrangements will you need to have in place? 
    • How does this equate to the Freedom of Information requirements?
    • How will you ensure you provide information on a timely basis and within time limits?
    • How will residents be able to complain about non-compliance?

You’ll get to understand what’s needed and hear the experiences of housing colleagues already subject to these requirements – similar requirements are already in place for housing associations operating in Scotland.

You’ll also get some top tips on how to communicate in a more transparent way and get a chance to quiz the experts.

This workshop is essential for everyone working in governance and communications as well as in a strategic or operational role responsible for developing or implementing policies relating to information and GDPR.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Patrick Whitehead, Head of Social Housing Consumer Regulation Policy, The Dept for Levelling up, Housing and Communities
  • Bobbie Hough, Managing Director, Hough Bellis
  • Sue Fox, Senior Consultant, Hough Bellis
  • Patricia Cahill, Director, Sanctuary Scotland
  • Eileen Barr, Solicitor, TC Young. 

You may be interested in these events taking place on 9 February: Getting to grips with annual reports – are we getting any better? and 9 March: You think GDPR is all over…….it’s only just begun.

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