International study visits – how do they work?

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Visits from groups originating from all over the world is a regular occurrence for Land Registry International Unit, but how do the groups get in contact, what does it involve to organise a study visit and what do the visits mean for Land Registry?

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We’ve moved to GOV.UK

GOV.UK

Today, 20th August our website moves to GOV.UK, the place to find information on all government services. Land Registry is one of over 300 government departments and agencies who have migrated to GOV.UK with many further agencies and departments to follow.  All government services are under one roof. The main principles of GOV.UK are that;…

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New digital services: working on the ALPHA

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I’m Paul Chambers, Product Manager in the Land Registry Alpha development team.As part of our journey through our LR Connect programme, we’re building new digital services designed around our customer needs. The phase of development I’m working on is the Alpha. This follows the recent ‘proof-of-concept’ project – where we looked at ‘what can we…

Our digital journey: LR Connect

LR Connect

Land Registry is continuing its journey to become a digital organisation through a new change programme LR Connect. The transformation will deliver our business strategy – covering everything we do: offering new digital services, changing our culture and capabilities and becoming a more efficient organisation. Our aim is to become a leader in digital land…

Service and sacrifice: Land Registry staff in WW1

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Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on 4 August 1914 brought a united response from Land Registry’s staff. Chief Land Registrar Sir Charles Fortescue Brickdale recorded how “while enlistment was voluntary, every man of military age applied for and obtained leave to volunteer for active service. “Afterwards, when the age limits were extended, there were…

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Seeking market solutions for Local Land Charges

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On Monday, we met with potential suppliers from across the country at our third Local Land Charges (LLC) market warming day. Held in Central London at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the event brought together potential suppliers to discuss and identify requirements for our LLC proposals. The day was opened by Ed Lester,…

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Digital Transformation Discovery Day

Discovery Day

Help us to shape how local and central government work together at Land Registry’s Digital Transformation Discovery Day. Wednesday 30 July 2014 10:00 – 14:30 Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds LS9 8AG We’re hosting our third Discovery Day for local authorities to identify better ways of working between central and local government. Run in partnership…

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Old HPI search tool to be withdrawn

Old HPI Tool

On 30 April 2014, we launched an enhanced version of our Search the House Price Index (HPI) tool, in response to customer feedback. Since launch almost half of all users have opted to use the new improved version. The rapid adoption of the new search tool means the number of customers using the old version…

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Exhibiting at the local government event of the year

Networking at the LGA Conference

Over 1,200 delegates at Bournemouth Land Registry met local authority delegates from across the country at the annual Local Government Association (LGA) Conference. With the Bournemouth event billed as “the biggest in the local government calendar” and regularly attracting over 1,200 delegates, this was a unique opportunity to speak to policy makers across all services….

Our House Price Index

House Price Index

We’ve been seeing a greater interest in our own House Price Index (HPI) each month, so we thought it could be a good time to provide some more information about what we publish each month and how we calculate it. Our HPI captures changes in the value of residential properties. Based on our price paid…

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In or Out? MapSearch has the answer

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What a sporting weekend! The English stages of the Tour de France started in Yorkshire and culminated in an exciting sprint finish in London yesterday, with over 2.5 million spectators estimated to have watched it live. Whilst Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the circuit’s 50th Grand Prix anniversary, as an ardent…

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Le Tour Yorkshire 2014

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“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” John F. Kennedy, Former U.S. President. The world’s biggest annual sporting event, Le Tour de France will be in Yorkshire on the 5th and 6th July for Le Grand Depart and then goes from Cambridge to London on the final leg of its three days…

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Telling stories with open data and maps

CartoDB at the Illustreets event

On Wednesday 2 July, our Head Office played host to a special event “Telling stories with open data and maps”. Organised by Illustreets and sponsored by CartoDB, the evening event invited developers, software engineers, consultants, policy makers and data users to share open-data knowledge and ideas through discussion and illustration. As well as encouraging collaboration among data…

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Land Registry takes on Local Land Charges searches

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Land Registry is to become the sole registering authority for Local Land Charges (LLC) in England and Wales and the sole provider of official search results. We will hold and maintain a single digital LLC register and offer a standardised search service. Under the existing local authority-based system fees vary between £3 and £96 and…

Property Alert enhanced after winning national award

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In response to customer feedback, we’ve updated our Property Alert service to allow people to monitor up to 10 properties – an increase from the previous maximum of three. Product owner Tracey Salvin said: “We have been collating feedback on the service since we trialled it and there were repeated requests to increase the number…

New feature for popular MapSearch service

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A new feature has been added to our free-to-use web-based MapSearch service. MapSearch allows Business e-services customers to quickly establish whether land and property in England or Wales is registered. You can view the location of the registered land or property and obtain title numbers and details of freehold or leasehold tenure and other registered…

Our move to GOV.UK is fast approaching

Web pages on Gov UK

We’re creating pages on the GOV.UK site and releasing them in sections. You can now visit www.gov.uk and search for ‘Land Registry’ where you’ll start to see an increasing list of our content – this week our Business e-Services and practice guides went live.

Positive response to complaint reviews

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Land Registry responded positively to all the recommendations made by Independent Complaints Reviewer (ICR) Elizabeth Derrington in 2013/14, according to her annual report. The ICR team dealt with 127 complaints and carried out full reviews on 22. The remaining complainants were either given advice on taking forward their concerns or the complaint was resolved to…