Cordale Housing Association, along with all other Scottish Registered Social landlords, is required to comply with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“FOISA”). We are also subject to the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (“EIRs”).
This gives our tenants, members of the public and other individuals a right to ask for information about our activities, performance and decisions. We already publish our contracts register, which describes current and previous contracts, noting the procurement method, name of appointed contractor, contract start and end dates and contract value. We also publicise our Public Contracts Scotland Buyer Profile.
Other information that we receive from bidders during procurement exercises or that we hold about our contractors and suppliers may need to be disclosed in response to a request for information. In general, information will be released unless it is covered by a legal exemption. This could be the case where information is commercially sensitive.
Cordale Housing Association will treat each request on a case by case basis and determine whether any legal exemption applies. If you consider that any information you have supplied to Cordale Housing Association is commercially sensitive and/or confidential, please let us know. You may use our Schedule to identify the information and explain what harm may result from disclosure and the time period applicable to that sensitivity.
Completed Schedules can be returned to FOI@Caledoniaha.co.uk
Where a request received under FOISA or EIRs relates to information that you have identified as commercially sensitive and/or confidential we shall endeavour to consult with you before replying to such a request. It should be noted however that even where you have indicated that information is commercially sensitive and/or confidential, Cordale Housing Association may be required to disclose or publish said information under FOISA/EIRs. The final decision on the interpretation of FOISA/EIRs and the release of information will be made by Cordale Housing Association. Please note that we cannot accept any duty of confidence as a result of any information you have supplied to us, or supply to us in future, being marked as ‘confidential’ or equivalent.
If you have any questions about the above or how it may affect your company, please email FOI@Caledoniaha.co.uk . Alternatively contact us and ask to speak to a member of the Governance Team. Further information on FOISA/EIRs is also available at www.itspublicknowledge.info