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Getting Our Act Together: Implementation of the Public Records (Scotland) Act, 2011

City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 INQ


A conference to consider The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 (the Act) will take place on 3 December 2013.  It is the first in a series of partnership events that the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (the Keeper) hopes will become an annual occurrence. This collaborative event is organised by National Records of Scotland (NRS), the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA), Information and Records Management Society (IRMS), Archivists of Scottish Local Authority Working Group (ASLAWG) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA). The Act came into force on 1 January 2013. It is the first new public records legislation in Scotland since 1937.  Its primary aim is to improve the quality of record keeping by named public authorities across Scotland.  Authorities are required to produce and implement a formal records management plan (RMP) for the proper management of their public records, to be agreed by the Keeper.

Good records management is central to good governance, efficient working and is therefore an important business tool, but it also serves to protect the rights of the Scottish citizens, particularly some of the most vulnerable in our society. Managing our public records correctly helps strengthen our democracy.

Collaborative working and sharing best practice is key to the overall success of the Act.  Practitioners are already engaged in sharing knowledge and expertise and joint working will continue to underpin what we do as a record community. Our efforts will only bring about lasting change, however, if the leaders of Scottish public authorities commit to this process.

The conference will focus on the importance of records management for good governance. It will consider high level strategic issues including legal and regulatory compliance, risk management in relation to records and information, transparency and service user rights. The event will also consider the cost benefits associated with good records management.

The conference seeks to attract senior managers and practitioners from across the public sector. In the interests of wider outreach, digital recordings of the main speakers will be used to provide remote access.

The aim of this conference is to ensure that senior managers in Scotland’s public authorities understand the key role they play in contributing to the Act’s overall success.



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