Developing a new House Price Index

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The four producers of official house price statistics (Land Registry, Office for National Statistics (ONS), Registers of Scotland and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland) announced in November 2013 that we’re identifying options for the production of a single definitive UK House Price Index (HPI). During 2014 we’ve reviewed available data sources and developed a calculation method.

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Enabling people to live in better places? That’s the GeoVation Challenge

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Ordnance Survey and Land Registry launched their first combined GeoVation Housing Challenge at The Building Centre on Monday evening. Entrants who develop creative ideas about ‘how people can live in better places’ could share a prize pot £101,000. Ventures must use data from both organisations as part of the solution.

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Introducing front-end scanning

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We recently announced our new change programme LR Connect which continues our journey to becoming a digital organisation. Part of this journey is to prepare for our digital future by making changes to our existing systems, structures and processes. We are changing how we handle paper applications. We will scan some paper applications (including associated documents) related to properties already registered with us as soon as we receive them.

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Rural focus for Local Land Charges

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We met with delegates from across the country at the 2014 Local Government Association (LGA) Rural Conference. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester, the annual event brought together decision makers to explore and understand rural perspectives on some of the key topics being debated in local government. The opening address was given by…

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Our Local Land Charges proposals – latest news

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Over the last two months we have continued to discuss and provide regular updates about our Local Land Charges (LLC) proposals. This follows our announcement in June of legislation for Land Registry to become the sole registering authority for LLC in England and Wales. Members of our LLC Team went to Bournemouth in July to…

Centralising some of our work

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Over the next few months we will gradually centralise the processing of pre-registration applications and first registrations. While centralisation may change where we process an application, customer relationships with our dedicated customer teams will be unaffected by this work. This is the next step in the development of our service – a development which has…

We’ve moved to GOV.UK

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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;…

Changes to our phone numbers

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On 1 August we introduced a new “0300” number for our Customer Support phone line. This means that if you want to call Customer Support, you can use a number that is charged according to the standard national rate. We have also introduced new “0300” numbers for a number of our other service lines. The full…

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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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A steel thread for our digital services

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When a suspension bridge is being built, the engineers start by flying a steel thread, known as the ‘pilot cable’ across the valley. Everything is built off of that thread. As Paul Chambers said in his last blog post, the Alpha team are starting the journey of building a new digital Land Registry, and the…

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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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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

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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…

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

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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

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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

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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….