So, just over a year after a public campaign forced the coalition government to shelve plans to turn the Land Registry into a standalone company ahead of its privatisation, Mr. Osborne is going to have another crack at it.
Solicitors and businesses in Cornwall and Devon were at the forefront of a campaign against privatisation which culminated in the presentation of a petition with over 110,000 signatures to Michael Fallon, Minister in Charge.
The campaign to stop the privatisation of the Land Registry had overwhelming support from high street solicitors, local businesses, unions and the public, as well as a large number of MP’s.
Coincidentally, there is a post in today’s CTConveyancers news page about Graham Farrant, CEO of Land Registry, asking conveyancers to email him about registrations that have been outstanding for a long time.
Conveyancers are complaining that Land Registry registrations can take over 18 months to complete and that Land Registry’s core service is suffering because of its programme to take over the Local Land Charges Register from local authorities.
Many of us believed that the main reason for transferring responsibility for Local Land Charges to the Land Registry was to help fatten it up for privatisation.
Are we going be being proved right? Are we up for another fight?
Read the Law Society Gazette article here