Message from the keeper September 2015

Published: 30 September 2015

With the publication of our 2014-15  annual report and accounts this month, we have been reflecting on our most significant year in recent history. When the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 was introduced in December last year, Registers of Scotland underwent a significant transformation as we implemented the biggest change  in registration legislation in a generation. The main 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 such opportunity 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. Watch out for our consultation on keeper-induced registration, which we will be launching soon. Keeper-induced registration  is a new process that allows me to register any piece of land or property in Scotland without the need for an application from the owner. The consultation will put forward our plans for how this mechanism could be used to meet the target. Keeper-induced registration is something that could affect property  owners across the country, so I encourage you to take part and share the consultation as widely as possible. The consultation will be available on our website and will run until the end of the year.

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 using our registers faster, easier, and more secure than ever before.

As a further part of our commitment to enhancing our customers' experience, we are looking for a panel of users to help us test the concepts we are developing as part of the digital transformation project – and we would very much welcome your input. There are a number of ways you can get involved  to suit your working day, and our aim is to maximise the benefit to you without taking too much time. If you'd like to help shape the services we provide, please send us your details and we'll be in touch soon.