Records Management

Retention and Destruction Schedule

The Retention and Destruction Schedule has been created to support officers and elected members of the Shetland Islands Council in the areas of Data Protection, Freedom of Information and the Local Government (Scotland) Act.

The Schedule has been developed to reflect an understanding of the administrative processes that give rise to records/file creation. The Schedule is independent of any particular format of record that might be historically created,(e.g. paper, card, electronic).

The aims of the Schedule are to :

Assist officers and elected members in identifying records that may be worth preserving permanently as part of the Council’s archives.

Prevent the premature destruction of records that need to be retained for a specified period to satisfy legal, financial and other requirements of public administration.

Provide consistency for the destruction of those records not required permanently after specified periods.

Promote improved Records Management practices within the Council