Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, called for housing associations to be subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in a speech on 29 January 2019.
“I am calling for urgent action from the government to extend FOI to designated contractors delivering public functions…….like housing associations (1).”
She explained why she thinks this:
“The tragedy at Grenfell Tower highlighted concerns over access to fire safety information. But records held by the Tenant Management Organisation are beyond the reach of FOI. We know that because we managed the appeals – and my hands were tied.”
So why are NHG still refusing to disclose Fire Risk Assessments?
(1)From her speech at a Parliamentary Internet, Communication and Technology Forum event held in partnership with the ICO and the APPG for Data Analytics.