ABOUT THE CONSULTATION
The consultation sets out proposals to create a new company, to which responsibility for the performance of service delivery functions would be transferred, and to have a separate Office of the Chief Land Registrar which would be retained in Government. The Land Registry service delivery company would be responsible for the processes relating to land registration whereas the Office of the Chief Land Registrar would primarily perform regulatory and fee-setting functions to ensure that customers’ interests continue to be protected.
The consultation period has now closed but you can still have your say in a number of ways.
Read more: The following documents contain further background information on the issues surrounding the changes being proposed for the future of the Land Registry
Report on Local Land Charges being undertaken by Land Registry http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/70402/LLC-Prototype-Evaluation-Report-Final.pdf
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is one of the two recognised Trades Unions in the Land Registry with well over 3000 members and represents the vast majority of staff.
A parliamentary debate tabled by Mrs Sian James, MP for Swansea East (her constituency includes one of the main offices of the Land Registry) on the proposals took place on Tuesday 24 February and can be viewed here.
ABOUT THE LAND REGISTRY
Since 1862 the Land Registry has recorded the ownership of land and property in England and Wales and produces data on house prices and transactions that are used by the government to make policy decisions.
Land Registry guarantees title to registered estates and interests in land. It records the ownership rights of freehold properties, and leasehold properties where the lease has been granted for a term exceeding seven years.
According to HM Land Registry:
"Registration establishes proof of ownership and produces an easy-to-read document reflecting the contents of all the paper title deeds. This simplifies conveyancing, making transactions easier and potentially less costly for all involved.
All title information is kept on Land Registry's database, reducing the need to store old and often unclear deeds. The register can be viewed quickly and securely online.There is no better way to safeguard ownership of land and property than by registering your title with us. State-backed registration gives you greater security of title, providing you with better protection against claims of adverse possession"