May 6th, 2016
Land Registry: Yes or No?
By Trish Murray
The government wants to sell off the Land Registry – the public service which records who owns all houses and land. Right now shady companies are getting ready to bid on it. Private companies running the Land Registry could mean hiked prices, cover-ups and our data in dodgy hands.
But we can stop them. If we kickstart a people-powered investigation we could find out if the companies funnel money away in offshore tax havens rather than paying their fair share of tax for our NHS and our schools. We could use the dirt to create a public stink – it’d be impossible for the government to justify selling a public service to a tax-dodger.
38 Degrees belongs to all of us. Every 38 Degrees member gets a say in what we do together. So, do you think we should launch an investigation into the companies that want to buy the Land Registry?
Top lawyers, property experts and the former boss of the Land Registry are all speaking out against plans to to sell-off the Land Registry:
“Anyone who owns a home or business premises, buys land or needs to find out who has, should be worried by Government plans to sell off the Land Registry. … It’s a basic building block of our society.
..do we even want a private company to become the gatekeeper to such important data about every property owner in the UK? What will they be tempted to do with that information?”
Together, we can unearth the truth about these shady big companies – and use it to force the government to abandon their short-sighted plans to sell off yet another public service.
What do you think? Please can you help decide if we should investigate the companies who want to buy the Land Registry?