We’ve updated the Protection and preservation of protected records: Instruction to local authorities (16/Sp3) to keep the existing requirements in line with international best practice.

We also wanted to address the lack of generic requirements for digital storage and preservation. However, given that the issue concerns both local and central government and the fast-changing nature of digital storage, we decided to create current best practice guidance on digital storage and preservation which will be maintained separate to the Instruction.

Consequently, as most of the content of the Instruction remains unchanged and will have minimal or no cumulative impact on local authorities, we have not considered setting a compliance or implementation timetable.

The updated Instruction and new guide are available below: