The correct retention and storage of town and parish council documents is important as they are the legal and financial records of town and parish councils. Legal actions may be bought by and against town and parish councils.

Failure to have kept key documents may mean the difference between success and failure in any such eventualities. It is the responsibility of the council to ensure that a thorough and documented storage and retrieval process is in place.

This 60 second guide is for residents, town and parish councillors and clerks who want a brief introductory overview to document storage, retention and archiving.

 

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Background

Legal limitation

The modern age – computers

Table of documents, storage periods and reasons

Internal Audit considerations

 

This guide is indicative and not definitive, if in doubt get someone else involved or seek professional advice.

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