Registers of Scotland (RoS), an executive agency of the Scottish Executive responsible for compiling and maintaining records relating to property and other legal documents, has signed a ten-year strategic partnership agreement with BT.
The partnership will be an overarching initiative for the delivery of both current IT services and also projects that RoS sees as key to its future development.
RoS and BT will work together to deliver a detailed business transformation programme aimed at improving the Agency’s internal processes as well as enhancing external products and services to the Agency’s customers. At the heart of this is the design, implementation and management of next generation technologies to enable successful business transformation.
Although RoS is fully IT enabled, the partnership will extend the current IT platform by developing the Agency’s capability to handle registrations electronically to enable RoS to deal with new business demands.
James Meldrum, chief executive of Registers of Scotland, said: “The partnership will play a key role in helping us to take forward our plans to modernise land registration processes and the way in which we conduct business. We already provide an effective and soundly based land registration system with all the benefits that has for the people of Scotland, and particularly those involved in property transactions. We look forward to working with BT for the substantial contribution that they will make to the achievement of our ambitions for the future.”
Dave Musson, government managing director at BT, said: “This partnership with Registers of Scotland will benefit from the considerable expertise offered by our Land and Property division. By focusing on innovation, creative problem-solving, and delivering real business benefits we will be collaborating with RoS to enhance and develop an already impressive land registry business that will be able to face the future with confidence.”
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About Registers of Scotland
RoS is responsible for framing and maintaining public registers relating to property and certain legal proceedings. Under the jurisdiction of the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, who is also the Chief Executive, it administers sixteen registers: thirteen of these are grouped under the collective name of the Chancery and Judicial Registers, the Register of Community Interests in Land and the remaining two are property registers that form the main business of the Agency. The two property registers are:
The General Register of Sasines - a register of deeds, writs and transactions affecting property, which dates from 1617.
The Land Register - a plans based and state guaranteed system established by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979. As properties are sold, they are being transferred from the Sasine Register to the Land Register.
RoS was established as an Executive Agency in 1990, was awarded Trading Fund status in 1996 and has always been self-financing. RoS’s main office is in Edinburgh with an additional office in Glasgow as well as two customer service centres. RoS employs over 1400 people and has a turnover in excess £60 million. RoS deals with some 500,000 registration transactions annually and associated provision of information from the registers.
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