Retention and Disposal

The Retention Schedule lists the records that need to be kept by the Council for a specific length of time.

This schedule contains recommended retention periods for records created and maintained by the Council and refers to all information regardless of the media in which it is stored, such as manual files, photographs, computer files, tapes or microfiche.

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The aim of the Retention Schedule is to provide a consistent approach to the way the Council handles its records and provide a clear set of guidelines to all staff.

A Retention Schedule serves the purpose of identifying records that may be worth preserving permanently as a part of a local authority archive as well as preventing the premature destruction of records that need to be retained for a specific legal, financial or statutory period.

This Retention Schedule details the function of each record, the type of records that may fall within this function and the length of time the Council should hold the record before taking disposal or archive action.

Many retention periods are determined by statute. Where available / appropriate the relevant legislation or statutory reason for keeping a record for a specific period of time has been included.

For more information on retention and disposal or for a copy of the guidelines (available to Council staff only) please contact recordsmanagement@cornwall.gov.uk