We are a public authority with responsibility for a range of records related to our historic canal network.  Demonstrating accountability and transparency is important to us.

As part of this process, we voluntarily submit annual Progress Update Reviews (PURs) to National Records of Scotland for assessment.

The review details our progress towards reaching our reporting targets and allows NRS to provide us with assessment reports. The assessment process provides an opportunity for us to report on progress and comment on new initiatives. It also highlights innovative work we’re undertaking and gives us a chance to note changes to existing arrangements.

You can find out more about the PUR mechanism here, and view published PUR assessments here.


Our focus for this year has been on improving audit trails for records and embarking on an exciting business wide digital change programme.


Our focus for this review period was on developing a suite of robust records management policy and procedures, guidance, and training materials to underpin our records management improvement programme.


Our focus during this review period was ensuring compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and the UK Data Protection Act. In this report, NRS recognise the improvements Scottish Canals has made to our records management planning since August 2017.

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 requires Scottish Public Authorities to submit a Records Management Plan to be agreed by The Keeper of the Records of Scotland (The Keeper).  This document is a summary of Scottish Canals’ Records Management Plan submitted to The Keeper. This was considered on 30 November 2016 and agreed on 24 August 2017.  For more information on The Public Records Scotland Act 2011 please visit National Records of Scotland’s website.