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Records management

Find out how we manage our records.

South Ayrshire Council is required under The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011, Section 53 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 and in terms of the Code of Practice on Records Management issued under Section 61 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to make proper arrangements for the preservation and management of its records.

To ensure that records are managed effectively, the Council has adopted a Records Management Policy Framework as part of its records management program which provides an overarching framework for Council Records Management policies, practices or guidelines to ensure all Council records are accurate, reliable, secure, managed and disposed of appropriately to meet its statutory, regulatory, administrative and accountability requirements.

This Policy relates to all areas of record keeping, including record creation, tracking, storage, retrieval, retention periods and disposal. This Policy details the Council's commitment to ensuring that records are accurate and reliable, can be retrieved easily and are kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary. View a copy of this  policy (PDF) [301KB] .

To meet the Council's Records Management requirements, Council Directorates manage and retain records in accordance with the Council's Corporate Records Management Retention Schedule. This Retention Schedule is a live document and subject to amendment and change to meet service and legislative requirements. The Council has adopted the Scottish Council on Archives Records Retention Schedule Model (SCARRS). Further information on SCARRS can be found at

View the Council's current records retention schedule (PDF) [1MB] .

For further information on Records Management and the Council's Records Management Policy, please contact Corporate Records Management at:

Corporate Records Management
Information Governance
South Ayrshire Council
County Buildings
Wellington Square
Tel: 01292 612383

Council records of historical interest that have been identified for permanent preservation have been transferred to the custody of the Council's Archives.

A copy of our Records Management Plan and the Keepers Assessment Report can be viewed by clicking the links below. Additionally, a Progress Review Update Report was carried out by the National Records of Scotland in May 2021. This Report provides the Keepers comments on the Council's continued progress in the management of our records. This Report is also found below. Further information on the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 and Records Management in Scotland can be found on The Keeper of the Records of Scotland website.

Records Management Plan

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 requires named public authorities, including South Ayrshire Council, to submit a Records Management Plan to be agreed by The Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

To assist all named public authorities, The Keeper has developed and published a Model Records Management Plan which we have adopted and forms the basis of our Records Management Plan. Our plan was approved by The Keeper on 1st September 2017, and sets out how South Ayrshire Council manages the records it holds across all Council Services and how it will manage and develop those records in the future.

Our Records Management Plan has been agreed on an 'improvement model basis' which means that to be fully compliant with the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 we will over the next few years continue to develop and improve our existing records management practices and introduce new procedures in accordance with The Keepers recommendations.

A copy of our Records Management Plan and the Keepers Assessment Report can be viewed by clicking the links below. Further information on the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 and Records Management in Scotland can be found on The Keeper of the Records of Scotland website.


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