We are calling for Government to work collaboratively with councils throughout any transfer of ownership to a private company.
The Local Government Association (LGA) is concerned that a change in operational ownership of the Land Registry may have an adverse impact on the future transfer of the Local Land Charges Register from local authorities to the Land Registry.
We are therefore calling for Government to work collaboratively with councils throughout any transfer of ownership to a private company. Central government should meet any costs to councils associated with the preparations for the Local Land Charges transfer, the migration of Registers, the ongoing supply of data to the Land Registry and any future service planning.
We support the Registers remaining in public ownership. The Government's preferred model of privatisation retains public ownership of the Registers.
The Land Registry has a high customer satisfaction rate and has returned money to HM Treasury. Measures to reform its status and operations must continue to ensure the quality and comprehensive nature of the data it holds.