It is time for seller’s packs to return, otherwise nothing will improve

In search of a faster, more profitable, and more efficient home buying journey, the property industry has long been looking to advanced technology for guidance. But the truth is, we had the perfect answer in our hands years ago, before it was taken away from us. Isn't it time that Seller's Packs, aka Home Information Packs (HiPs) returned? If you'r...
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A look back at Local Digital in 2020

In the year that the Local Digital movement turned two years old, we saw some huge shifts as a team and as a department. Although COVID-19 response dominated our focus in 2020, there were also plenty of positive developments and milestones in other parts of our programme.  In this blog post we’re going to share just some of 2020’s highlights and mo...
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Why you should be part of our Digital, Data and Technology Directorate

mrmohock/Shutterstock.com 1. Our infrastructure drives economic growth ZGPhotography/Shutterstock.com HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership across England and Wales worth more than £7 trillion. Our work helps to underpin the UK housing market and drives economic growth. The number of organisations signed up to our online services ...
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Volunteering for my local community

Maria (right) with her Run Talk Run group on 13 December Throughout my career, I have volunteered for school reading programmes, the London Olympics, homelessness charity The Passage and Crisis at Christmas. Then 2020 arrived and life changed for all of us. During the pandemic I was chatting with a friend about how important little interactions wit...
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How the Local Land Charges Advisory Board is improving our service

HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges (LLC) Programme is transforming 314 local authority LLC registers across England into a central digital service. This eliminates local variations in price, speed and format, providing 24/7 access to LLC data. With 12 live local authorities on the register, gathering feedback and learning migration lessons is an...
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Security, speed, affordability: the benefits of lodging certified copies with first registrations

ashadhodhomei/Shutterstock.com Four years ago I provided some top tips on how to overcome the teething problems involved in applying our change in practice on sending certified copies of deeds for first registration applications. Here is some further guidance on using certified copies and how it can benefit conveyancers. Please note this does not a...
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Whitehall and beyond: find a job at MHCLG Digital

MHCLG Digital is hiring. Whether your skills lie in delivery, design or data, we have exciting new opportunities based across the UK. Join our team and help make things better for the people living in your community. We work with policy teams to apply digital, user-centred thinking to challenges like responding to emergencies, homelessness and fixi...
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Breaking the barriers of disability in the workplace

  Today (3 December) is International Day of Persons with Disabilities and falls within Disability History Month (18 November to 18 December). The theme of the month this year is “accessibility”. Accessibility is the key to assisting people with disabilities to lead a full life and pursue a career. Unfortunately, we don't yet live in a world where ...
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Juggling caring responsibilities with work

On Carers Rights Day (26 November), as one of the estimated 8.8 million adult carers in the UK, I wanted to share my experiences of managing my job at HM Land Registry with my caring responsibilities. I hope to show other carers that it is possible to balance their responsibilities and working life, with the support of an understanding and flexible...
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Service transformation, not just iteration

One of the great things about stepping into the product manager role on a service you have worked with for years is that you already know all the problems. You don't have to worry about doing any more time-consuming research – you can just crack on with building the service. Just kidding. In the words of Dr Manhattan, “Nothing ever ends”. Despite r...
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