Centralised digital register to be created for the Land Registry

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Kainos has been contracted by the Land Registry to create a digital local land charges register service, making it easier to search the records

The Land Registry will see its local land charges (LLC) records digitialised. A contract has been signed between the government body and digital technology solutions firm Kainos to build a centralised register that will include LLCs.

This will bring together more than 26 million LLCs from local authorities. These records will then be compiled in a digital format, which can be easily accessed and searched.

Currently, LLCs are managed by individual councils and the records are held in a number of different formats. This contract will make all LLCs available in one place, which should improve efficiency.

This is not the first time the Land Registry has tried to digitalise. In 2014, the organisation launched LR Connect. This aimed to digitise its business strategy, but failed to gain traction after plans were revealed to privatise the Land Registry. However, the Autumn Statement last month confirmed the organisation would in fact remain in the public sector.

Speaking at the time, Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “Following consultation, the government has decided that HM Land Registry should focus on becoming a more digital data-driven registration business, and to do this will remain in the public sector.

“Modernisation will maximise the value of HM Land Registry to the economy, and should be completed without a need for significant Exchequer investment.”

Land Registry utilises technology to improve efficiency

The Land Registry, like many organisations, has worked to improve its efficiency by utilising technology. In a blog post IT director Steve Phillips said one of the ways this had been achieved was via the creation of a common technology platform, which had improved the organisation’s infrastructure.

He wrote: “The platform has been designed and created using leading-edge technology based on a hybrid of internal modular hyper-converged systems and cloud-based technology.

“One of our main goals was to change the way we provisioned infrastructure. We wanted to move away from a manual process of creating and configuring virtual machines and deploying applications.

“Instead, we saw the benefit of more automated provisioning, which would decrease the level of human or manual intervention and help make changes rapidly, easily and reliably.”

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