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Government approves Land Registry digital plans

Technology-tablet-computer-ipad-business-businessman-700.jpgThe Government has given its backing to Land Registry plans to increase its use of digital services.

The Land Registry published details of its plans at the end of last year, which include fully digital conveyancing documents with e-signatures.

Land Registry claims that the changes will make conveyancing faster and cheaper, while also improving security against cyber attacks and fraud.

Government approval was required as existing legislation, such as the Land Registration Rules 2003, needed to be adapted.

The changes will now come into effect from 6th April 2018.

Land Registry chief executive Graham Farrant says: “Our customers are central to everything we do and we want to make dealing with us quicker and simpler by providing more services through digital technology.

“These changes are an important enabler for our digital transformation and I want to thank our customers for their positive responses to the consultation.”

The Land Registry will begin contacting customers in the coming weeks to explain any changes that may affect the way they submit applications, though it says only a small number will be affected.


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