Openness and transparency
Orbit Group is committed to openness, transparency and accountability. This commitment is to our customers, local communities, partners, regulators and other stakeholders.
As a Registered Social Housing Provider (“RSHP”) the Group is not currently a “public authority” within the meaning of section 3 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”); therefore, the requirements under the Act for “public authorities” to disclose certain information held by them does not, at present, apply to the Orbit Group. The Homes and Communities Agency 2011-2015 Affordable Homes Framework requires the Group to publish expenditure over £500.
In the interests of transparency and openness, we believe that we should provide such information that we consider useful and relevant to stakeholders and customers.
This document sets out our current practices, what we intend to publish in future and our proposed practices. This is also supported by the Orbit Group's guidance on Freedom of Information.
We have consulted with our customer representative bodies on our approach and on this document. We have informed our regulator the Homes and Communities Agency.