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Publication of Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 Annual Report for 2018

Publication of Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 Annual Report for 2018

Friday, 2 Nov 2018
Picture showing front cover page of Keeper's Annual Report - 2018

The Keeper’s Annual Report for 2018, published under the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011, has been laid in the Scottish Parliament.  It reflects the fifth year of activity since the Act was implemented in January 2013.

The 2018 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 passed a significant milestone by inviting all authorities listed on the original schedule to the Act to submit a plan, achieving our five year target to invite all ‘first tranche’ authorities to submit a plan by 2018. We also successfully rolled out the Progress Update Review (PUR) tool, allowing authorities to voluntarily update NRS on their progress under the Act.  

The Act continues to support improvements in record keeping within the Scottish public sector. Our engagement with authorities helps to further promote the benefits of good records management and remains central to the Act’s success. Plans agreed show that good practice is being adopted and the Act continues to promote a new culture around record keeping