Government confirms Land Registry privatisation plans to be scrapped

The Government has announced that HM Land Registry will remain within the public sector.

The decision was confirmed on 21 November in one line within the Autumn Statement, which stated: "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."

FDA's National Officer representing Land Registry members, Jawad Raza, said:

"The FDA and its members have been campaigning for the last year to highlight the pitfalls of moving the Land Registry into the private sector and welcomes the announcement that this has been recognised.

"Our members can now rightly concentrate on delivering a world-class service to the public rather than the constant worry of privatisation and reorganisation hanging over them.

"The public can also be assured that this move reduces the risk to the integrity of the land register, data protection, fraud and cyber security."

Raza also "paid tribute to all the FDA reps and members who contributed to the consultation to help achieve this result".