Message from the keeper May 2016

Published: 27 May 2016

This was a big month for Scotland, with the elections for the Scottish parliament resulting in Nicola Sturgeon being re-elected as first minister. As Deputy Keeper of the Scottish Seal (and Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, of course), I was present when Ms Sturgeon was sworn in for the second time as First Minister and Keeper of the Scottish Seal. It was a real honour being part of such a historic moment. You can read more about what happened, and why both I and the Great Seal were there, on my blog.

After its outing, the Great Seal was back on display for a board dinner at Meadowbank House. We focused on land register completion (LRC), discussing the progress and changes that have taken place over the last year. Stakeholders from across the public and private sectors attended, as well as the RoS board and executive management team, allowing us all to discuss what's next for LRC and what might be the best approaches. The input and suggestions we were given were hugely valuable, especially as we embark on our first major KIR pilot later this year, so I'd like to thank everyone who took part.

We appreciate ideas and suggestions from customers in all areas of our business, and have recently been engaging with participants on our user experience panel on a new edischarges system. Customers were shown a demo of the new system, and asked to give their thoughts on what worked and what needed to be improved.

As I mentioned last month, we've launched our Right First Time campaign to help drive down rejection rates. This now includes key points to remember when answering the burdens and servitudes questions. There's only four main points for each, so I really recommend you take five minutes to have a read.

And finally, 24 May marked 400 days until the 400th anniversary of the General Register of Sasines. We'll be tweeting interesting facts about RoS, registration and Scotland's land and property in the coming 400 days, so make sure you're following us on Twitter @RegistersOfScot, and look out for the #RoS400 hashtag.