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Retention – documents, files and records

Comment 9th July 2010

Public sector organisations retain records that they do not need to legally retain.  My idea is that all paper and electronic documents across the whole public sector are retained for 10 years only – unless there is specific legislation or a specific business need to retain documents longer

Why does this matter?

This will means public sector organisations will:

– free-up paper archive space 

– produce efficiencies in the reduction/improved efficiencies of some resources 

– reduce the cost of backing-up electronic records

– give staff a clearer understanding of what should and shouldn't be kept

– help customers feel their data etc isn't being kept by 'Big Brother' for ever and ever (unless there's a legal reason to do so).

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