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Records retention

Middlesbrough Council is required by law to have and implement a records retention and disposal schedule.

The Council also needs a records retention schedule to:

  • manage proper disposal in line with data protection legislation
  • improve efficiency by allowing easier access to relevant documents by removing old and out of date ones
  • reduce storage and backup costs, bringing major savings in the cost of physical space
  • improve the accessibility of information requested under the Freedom of
    Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations
  • operate in line with the principles of open government by identifying which information is held

The full records retention policy is available on the open data Middlesbrough website.