Public bodies reform

Government has announced its intention to close or take out of public ownership 192 arm’s-length bodies (ALBs) and to merge a further 118. The process of reorganising ALBs places information at risk. These risks may be different to those encountered during ‘business as usual’, and will require careful management.

Making arrangements for the transfer of information, records and knowledge is a key part of any Machinery of Government change. It must be properly planned and adequately resourced. Failure to transfer information and knowledge effectively can prevent you operating legally, transparently and accountably. It can also cause inefficiencies and lead to substantial additional cost.

Making arrangements for the transfer of information, records and knowledge is a key part of any Machinery of Government change.

Learn why you need to manage the risks that transferring your information brings.

Find out the key steps you should take to transfer your information if you are being closed, merged, privatised or becoming a charity.

Guidance produced by The National Archives and other government departments to help you manage your change.

Contacts at The National Archives are on hand to give advice on particular issues you will face.