Setting the standards for identity

Trismegist san/Shutterstock.com The impact of the public health guidelines and subsequent rise of remote working during the last year highlighted the need for a more secure, efficient and convenient means of identifying the parties to a property transaction. After a series of events with conveyancers and identity service providers last year, we sha...
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How do you solve a problem like requisitions?

atm2003/Shutterstock.com Every day HM Land Registry receives around 18,000 applications to update the register. The majority of these applications are submitted correctly with all the necessary information included for our land registration experts to complete the requested change. However, for 1 in 5 applications – more than 3,500 applications eve...
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Where is my HM Land Registry application?

Lina_Lisichka/Shutterstock For most of us, buying or selling a home is one of the biggest transactions of our lives. It can also be quite stressful, particularly if things need to be done quickly. HM Land Registry has been around for nearly 160 years and we are involved in every property transaction, but many people either may never have spoken to ...
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The Cyber Support team’s technical remediation and support activities

During the cyber security discovery last year, we identified five areas of opportunity for MHCLG to support councils in improving their cyber health. One of these areas was technical remediation: providing support to councils identified through the survey on mitigating malware and ransomware. In November, a Cyber Support team was formed within the ...
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Kicking off the Cyber Health Framework Alpha phase

Photo by Clayton Robbins on Unsplash In June 2020 the Local Digital Cyber team completed a discovery into cyber security at local authorities. We found that: There are many cyber standards, but no clear baseline.An effective cyber baseline must encompass culture, leadership and ‘cyber first’ processes.Leadership support is vital to embed standards ...
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Creating a more flexible funding model for the Local Digital Fund

  Since 2018, the Local Digital Collaboration Unit (LDCU) has funded 35 projects through multiple phases of work and across five rounds of funding - including our relatively recent C-19 Challenge. Through the Local Digital Fund, we’ve given out nearly £5 million to support local councils to work together on projects that improve how key services ar...
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Who owns that property?

“Who owns that property?” – something we’ve all said in the past, but did you know how easy it is to find out using HM Land Registry’s land and property services? We’ve built two services where you can find this out: Find a property and Search for land and property information. Property ownership details will be added to Search for land and propert...
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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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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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