Message from the keeper June 2016

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June has been an exciting month for RoS as we announced the publication of the first single official UK House Price Index (UK HPI). The creation of the HPI began in 2010 after the National Statistician's Review of Official House Price Statistics recommended the production of a single, definitive house price index, produced by the official statistics producer community.  

Addressing this recommendation, RoS has worked with the Office for National Statistics, the Land Registry for England and Wales, and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland to develop the UK HPI. I am extremely proud of the role that RoS played in this collaboration and we are delighted to add UK HPI to our suite of statistical publications. Publication of the UK HPI will continue on a monthly basis.

Our commitment to completing the land register by 2024 (including registering all public land by 2019) continued this month when we attended the Royal Highland Show. This was an excellent opportunity to share the benefits of voluntary registration with land owners and to answer any questions they had about the process. The event was a huge success and we look forward to attending future events and further meetings with stakeholders. To find out more about land register completion, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Finally, this month also saw the one year count down begin until we will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Sasine Register. Four hundred years of recording and safeguarding the rights of property owners in Scotland is a remarkable achievement, which makes me reflect on my time at RoS. Things have changed a great deal since I joined RoS a decade ago. We are a much more efficient and customer-focussed organisation; we positively embrace change; and our business transformation is laying the foundations for our next 400 years. We'll be tweeting interesting facts about RoS, registration and Scotland's land and property during the lead up to the 400th anniversary, so make sure you're following us on Twitter @RegistersOfScot, and look out for the #RoS400 hashtag.