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Why privatising land registration is wrong

The granting of title and guaranteeing of legal interests must be conducted impartially and free from any conflicts of interest, argues John Manthorpe

2 June 2016

Two years ago, the government consulted on proposals to transfer the operations of the Land Registry into a 'service delivery company'.

As the government's report on the consultation made clear, '91 per cent of respondents did not agree that creating a more delivery-focused organisation at arm's length from government would enable the Land Registry to carry out its operations more efficiently and effectively' and
'89 per cent would not be comfortable with non-civil servants processing land registration information'.

Despite this informed response, the government has launched a new consultation - seemingly disregarding the views of those who use and depend on the Land Registry's services. It proposes that the operations of the Land Registry should be moved to a private company (NewCo).

The government is clear about the ...

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