Business continuity and vital records

Record recovery, prioritising vital records, is an integral part of the authority's business continuity planning.


Authorities have to develop clear policies and guidance for the processes involved in recovering from natural or man-made disasters, and they have to be able to prioritise the most important records


The Civil Contingencies Service heads emergency planning for the following councils:

  • East Renfrewshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • Inverclyde
  • West Dunbartonshire

As part of the business continuity planning process each key service is required to complete a business impact analysis. The services must identify any vital records they hold, how they are stored and if there are back-ups. This covers paper and electronic records.

Our IT team is responsible for maintaining the back-up and retrieval of electronic records held on our IT systems.

Improvement actions and review

The Business Continuity Policy is due to be refreshed once the Covid-19 outbreak and associated lockdown measures have passed.

Vital records within the archives and records store will be defined as part of a records store disaster plan.

Responsible officer

Head of Digital and Community Safety


Last modified on 20 May 2021