Plans unveiled for part privatisation of Land Registry

Dorset Echo: Plans unveiled for part privatisation of Land Registry Plans unveiled for part privatisation of Land Registry

CIVIL service jobs in Weymouth could be privatised as the government moves to sell off the Land Registry.

Ministers have unveiled a series of options for the Land Registry and a consultation process is underway.

The 150-year-old body, which records land and property ownership in England and Wales, employs around 4,500 civil servants nationally. More than 200 people work at Weymouth District Land Registry in Cumberland Drive.

The consultation process will assess whether the Land Registry should be split between a new company which will provide its services and a separate hub responsible for its policy work.

The options include turning the Land Registry into a joint venture between the government and a private company, or letting a private company run it but overseen by the government.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills said that no decision had been made on full privatisation.

Unions say turning the Land Registry into a government company is the first step to full privatisation.

General secretary of the PCS union Mark Serwotka described the Land Registry as “a well-respected and trusted 150-year-old institution.”

He said: “Any perceived benefits in taking what is inevitably the first step towards privatising the Land Registry are overwhelmingly outweighed by the huge risks involved.”

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10:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

4,500; that's a lot of Civil Servants. Sorry but the time to fully privatise must have come? Private companies will always be more commercialy orientated and efficient. This type of work could easily be handled by the private sector.
4,500; that's a lot of Civil Servants. Sorry but the time to fully privatise must have come? Private companies will always be more commercialy orientated and efficient. This type of work could easily be handled by the private sector. Tinker2

9:16am Fri 24 Jan 14

PossumGoose says...

Yes, just like the water companies, the gas, the electric, the banks, G4S – all very efficient private companies . . .
Yes, just like the water companies, the gas, the electric, the banks, G4S – all very efficient private companies . . . PossumGoose

10:00am Fri 24 Jan 14

woodsedge says...

PossumGoose wrote:
Yes, just like the water companies, the gas, the electric, the banks, G4S – all very efficient private companies . . .
Not to mention the really good service and competitive pricing of the rail network, private hospitals, Royal Mail and everything else that has been sold off cheaply for a quick buck.
[quote][p][bold]PossumGoose[/bold] wrote: Yes, just like the water companies, the gas, the electric, the banks, G4S – all very efficient private companies . . .[/p][/quote]Not to mention the really good service and competitive pricing of the rail network, private hospitals, Royal Mail and everything else that has been sold off cheaply for a quick buck. woodsedge

12:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Wookiee501 says...

Tinker2 wrote:
4,500; that's a lot of Civil Servants. Sorry but the time to fully privatise must have come? Private companies will always be more commercialy orientated and efficient. This type of work could easily be handled by the private sector.
4,500 is indeed a lot of civil servants.
A lot of civil servants that cost the general public nothing in terms of tax contributions.
A lot of civil servants that are already amongst the most efficient and productive in the entire Civil Service, so much so that an additional dividend of £100m was paid into Treasury funds last year, with more to follow this year.
A lot of civil servants that have achieved some of the highest customer satisfaction levels of any Government Departments or Agencies.
A lot of civil servants that care about doing the best job possible, day in, day out, despite having seen only a single 1 per cent pay rise in the last three years.
Be careful what you wish for.
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: 4,500; that's a lot of Civil Servants. Sorry but the time to fully privatise must have come? Private companies will always be more commercialy orientated and efficient. This type of work could easily be handled by the private sector.[/p][/quote]4,500 is indeed a lot of civil servants. A lot of civil servants that cost the general public nothing in terms of tax contributions. A lot of civil servants that are already amongst the most efficient and productive in the entire Civil Service, so much so that an additional dividend of £100m was paid into Treasury funds last year, with more to follow this year. A lot of civil servants that have achieved some of the highest customer satisfaction levels of any Government Departments or Agencies. A lot of civil servants that care about doing the best job possible, day in, day out, despite having seen only a single 1 per cent pay rise in the last three years. Be careful what you wish for. Wookiee501

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