Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Stop those grasping Tories selling off our Land Registry

I am starting to think that Britain might not have any
public services left by the time the Tories finish their current term. I hope any readers who actually voted for them realise what they have unleashed? An email from 38 degrees yesterday told me of the latest privatisation target. Osborne has his sights on our Land Registry - again. The government's been stopped from selling it off before, but now they are trying again. Perhaps they see our profitable Land Registry as easy-to-shift and a convenient way to plug some of that ever-increasing deficit? Whatever the reason, I don't believe it's in the public interest for the Land Registry to be run by a private company.

Here's what 38 degrees have to say:

"The government’s snuck out plans to sell off the Land Registry - the profitable public service that records the sale of houses and land. [1] It’s a short sighted move to make a quick buck. [2] So 38 Degrees member James Ferguson, a legal services property expert, is campaigning to stop the sell-off.

The government announced the plans just before Easter. Maybe they were hoping to bury the news while everyone was enjoying their bank holiday weekend. A huge petition will shine a spotlight on their plans - it will be our first step in saving the Land Registry.

If you think it’s time we stopped flogging our valuable public services to profit-hungry companies, then please sign the petition now:

Here’s what James says: "There is no need to sell off the Land Registry to the highest bidder. Privatisation could seriously affect how property transactions are regulated in England and Wales. If private companies get their hands on it they’ll have one thing on their minds - profits. This could mean a worse service and a hike in price for all of us"

The Land Registry is a trusted government body which exists to serve ordinary people. [3] It holds huge amounts of data and sorts out who owns what. Imagine this kind of responsibility sitting with a private company who only care about their bottom line.

38 Degrees members know we can stop this happening. When the government tried to sell off the Land Registry before, over 100,000 of us leapt into action. Our people-powered campaign forced government ministers to back down. [4] We can do the same again now, but first we need more of us to get involved.

Please sign this petition to stop the privatisation of the Land Registry?

The successful 38 degrees petition in 2014 

[1] Independent: Government quietly announces plan to privatise the Land Registry on night before Easter Holidays: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-privatise-land-registry-night-before-easter-holidays-george-osborne-a6951741.html
[2] Mirror: Tories sneak out Land Registry sell-off at at 5pm the night before Easter holiday: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-sneak-out-land-registry-7624668
[3] You can find out more about what the Land Registry does here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry/about
[4] 38 Degrees: Land Registry Victory: https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2014/07/16/land-registry-victory/


  1. It's all very worrying indeed. How much has gone already in such a short time, it doesn't bear thinking about what another four years might bring :(

    Didn't spot this one, but will sign.


Due to increased spam, I've turned on comment moderation for the time being. Genuine comments will appear after I've checked them!