Under the Contracts and Commercial Law Act 2017 (CCLA) and the Public Records Act 2005 (PRA), public offices and local authorities have conditions to meet before destroying the source information after converting to electronic form (referred to in this Guide as “digitisation”).
A key element in effective information and records management is implementing disposal.
The classes of local authority records listed may not be disposed of by the controlling local authority without the prior approval of the Chief Archivist, and without notifying the Chief Archivist of its intention to dispose of those records, identifying the protected record concerned, and specifying how the record will be disposed of.
These explanatory notes have been produced to assist the application of the List of Protected Records for Local Authorities.
Local authority archives are local authority records that are no longer in current use by the controlling local authority or have been in existence for 25 years or more.