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Publication of Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 Annual Report for 2017

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Publication of Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 Annual Report for 2017

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
Picture showing the cover page of the Keeper's Annual Report 2017

The Keeper’s Annual Report for 2017, published under the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011, has been laid in the Scottish Parliament.  It reflects the fourth year of activity since the Act was implemented in January 2013.

The 2017 report can be viewed on this website. The main aim of the Act is to improve the quality of record keeping in approximately 250 named Scottish public authorities. It requires authorities to submit records management plans to the Keeper for agreement.

This year we reached a significant milestone when we issued the 200 th invitation to a public authority to submit a records management plan. We will therefore achieve our 5 year target of inviting all authorities to submit a plan by 2018.

The Act remains central to a long-term process of improving the standard of record keeping within the Scottish public sector. We continue to build on the lessons learned and engage widely

with authorities to promote the benefits of the Act and a wider understanding of it. Plans agreed show that good practice is being followed and the Act continues to build trust and promote a new culture around record keeping.