Annual report and accounts 2014-2015

Published: 14 September 2015

A  significant year for Registers of Scotland

Registers of Scotland (RoS) has experienced its most significant year in recent history, according to the organisation's 2014-15 annual report and accounts.

On 8 December last year – a day known as the 'designated day' – RoS implemented the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012, the biggest change in registration legislation in a generation.

Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Sheenagh Adams, said:

"The 2012 Act is a significant piece of legislation that totally changed the registration landscape, both for customers and for RoS itself. A significant focus of our activities over the first half of the year was on preparing stakeholders and staff for the changes ahead. Following its implementation,  we have been able to turn our attention to the many opportunities the 2012 Act creates.

"One of these is the completion of the land register, which Scottish ministers have invited us to complete by 2024, including registering all public land and properties by 2019.

"The 2012 Act has also allowed us to progress our digital transformation; since the designated day, over 30 per cent of submissions to our registers and our reports service have been made electronically compared to five per cent before. Boosting this figure will be a focus of our work over the coming  years, as we do everything we can to protect our environment and make registering property faster, easier, and more secure than ever before."

RoS has once again substantially improved its green credentials, with 100 per cent of waste now being recycled.

RoS accepted over 400,000 applications on to its registers in 2014-15, an increase of nearly five per cent compared to the previous year. Despite this significant upturn in demand, 99 per cent of all products and services were provided within the published turnaround times.

The full annual report and accounts is available online here.

ENDS

Communications,  Registers of Scotland, Meadowbank House, 153 London Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7AU

For  further information, please contact Barry Connolly on 0131 528 3792 or email communications@ros.gov.uk.

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NOTES  TO EDITORS

  1. Registers of Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish administration and holds trading fund status. It is responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. RoS records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing    open access to information on the registers.
  2. The Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 – also known as the 2012 Act – came into force on 8 December 2014. It was the biggest change in registration legislation in a generation, and reformed and restated the law on the registration of rights to land in the land register so that it is more closely aligned with property law.