Category Archives: Land Registry and redundancy

Land Registry Rumours? Looking in the wrong place, sorry.

I see quite an upturn again in visitors looking for Land Registry rumours on here.

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This might, once upon a time, have been the place to come for breaking Land Registry news, but that was back in 2009/2010 when I was going through redundancy as part of the first big round of office closures.

I’ve moved on since then, and so has this blog.

So, if you’re one of the many people finding yourself here after a Google search like those above, sorry, but you’ll have to find your news elsewhere now.

The new adventures of Trevor start here. (Well, in September.)

I got the email today. The email I’ve been waiting for.

Something has changed on your UCAS application; please log in to UCAS Track to view the changes.

I logged on. Within about three seconds, I’d guess.

And there it was:

Unconditional.

Yep, I’ve had an offer of a place on the Photography Degree Course at the University of Hertfordshire.

I said previously that I was pleased with how my portfolio came together, but didn’t say much about the interview. That’s because I didn’t really think it had gone all that well. Just me and one of the course tutors, and my portfolio. I feared I may have come across as just some guy who had been made redundant, liked taking a few random snaps of everyday things, and though he’d have a go at somehow making a vocation out of it. Well, maybe that’s how I did come across, but that would be fair enough, because that’s pretty accurate picture.

Clearly, it went well enough.

So in September, I’m off to big school. Lots of people take a year out these days before starting university. I’ve taken 27 years out.


Pretending to be a photographer

There is one potential spanner in the works: Student Finance. Every indication, everything I’ve read, everyone I’ve spoken to, suggests that there’s no reason I shouldn’t be eligible for a Student Loan to cover all the tuition fees and a maintenance loan on top. Trouble is, from the information I gave them on my application, the initial assessment was that I’d get a maintenance loan, but a big fat zero towards the tuition fees. I’ve sent them the evidence they’ve asked for, but when I phoned today to chase progress they couldn’t tell me anything. Except that they have at least received my stuff, which was a relief as they’ve been known to lose paperwork in the past. Their decision isn’t due for another couple of weeks. And without it I’m not sure how I’m going to find £7800 a year for the next three years to pay for the course. 

19/03/2012: Quick update – Student Finance all approved

Long time since I’ve mentioned Land Registry…

…but I see they’re in the news again. Nothing to do with redundancies and stuff, but it made me smile. And groan.

 

 

(Note: My apologies for linking to the Daily Mail. I wouldn’t normally subject you to such a thing. Note their schoolboy error in the headline: Land Registry is nothing to do with the council. It’s national government, not local.)

Life after Land Registry (for the boss)

I get a lot of visitors here who have searched for “Marco Pierleoni” (Land Registry Chief Executive for the period of the recent staff cull restructuring), so for all of you who’ve come here looking for him, this one’s for you.

What does a Land Registry Chief Executive do once he’s “given up a top job at the Ministry of Justice”?

He sells fish.

Yes, Marco’s setting up an online fishmonger. Read all about it at the Berkhamsted and Tring Gazette.

I guess this must be the “dark side” he referred to in his resignation email.

(Screenshot from http://www.berkhamstedtoday.co.uk. Copyright acknowleged.)

Land Registry Latest: now with details.

As I mentioned earlier today, I’ve been sent a couple of emails that were issued to all (remaining!) staff at Land Registry last week. As people still seem to pop in here hoping to find out what’s going on, here they are.

This one’s the biggie: plans were already in place to reduce staff numbers to 3800 by the end of 2014/15, but that phase of the transformation has been brought forward drastically. The aim is now to reach that headcount by 2011/12. Headcount at 1st April was 4846, so broadly speaking they’re looking to get rid of another 1046 staff within the next year. A further Voluntary Severance Scheme has been announced to achieve this. Here’s the full email:

Targeted Voluntary Severance Schemes

Colleagues,

The Land Registry Board has decided to run a targeted Voluntary Severance Scheme.

This scheme is being run as part of the Accelerated Transformation Programme (ATP). This will help Land Registry to reduce its headcount to achieve the targets set out in the ATP decisions. These schemes will be the final staff reduction schemes run under ATP.

This scheme is not affected by or part of the Feasibility Study. Any changes to the organisation as a result of the study would not be dealt with under the ATP but would be implemented under a new and separate programme. That programme would be led by Ministry of Justice. All the options considered by the Feasibility Study assumed that we would successfully deliver the ATP objectives, including the headcount reductions.

Consultation with the DTUS [Departmental Trades Union Side] is ongoing on the different elements of the scheme.

Background to staff reductions

The ATP set out plans to reduce headcount in Land Registry to 4600 by the end of 2011/12 (phase 1) and to 3800 by the end of 2014/15 (phase 2). Initial ATP plans looked for 120 exits in phase 1. The remaining exits would be through phase 2 reductions and natural attrition.

The headcount as at 1 April was 4846 FTEs (full time equivalents). There will be further exits this year from closing offices, RA/RO schemes and outsourcing.

Bringing forward phase 2

Phase 2 has now been brought forward and all remaining ATP exits will be in 2011/12.

The key reasons for this decision are:

  • Intakes are not as high as the ATP Business case projected. The budget for 2011/12 is 9m units as opposed to 11m units in the ATP Business Case.
  • The Land Registry Board has taken the strategic business decision to reduce the amount of voluntary registration work we seek and process. This reduces the number of staff needed to complete this work.
  • We may well not see as many people leaving through natural wastage as we have done so previously (attrition). The current economic climate is likely to impact on people decisions.
  • The merging of offices, management reviews, overall reduction in size of the organisation together with redistributing casework from closing local offices has left imbalances of staff/grades in some local offices and Head Office functions.
  • External drivers such as the introduction of Next Generation HR.

Where it will be offered

A targeted voluntary exit scheme will be run in selected local offices for selected grades and roles. This scheme is being launched today and further information can be found by following this link [This was an internal intranet link so needless to say it doesn't work here, so I can't supply the "further information" referred to. TC].

We intend to run targeted severance schemes in IS [Information Services], HR [Human Resources] and PPC (project and Programme Centre) but this is at an early stage and we will continue to consult with the DTUS before making any final decisions. These schemes would be targeted to specific pools within those groups. As soon as there is any more information on these schemes, we will let affected staff know.

I would urge all of you in the offices, roles and grades where we are offering voluntary severance to consider very carefully the information we are providing before making a decision on whether to apply. If you have any questions about the CSCS [Civil Service Compensation Scheme (ie, redundancy package)] which cannot be answered by reference to the information we are publishing on the intranet or to the Civil Service web site, then please make sure you direct your question to the Transition Team who will do their best to help. If you have questions about the scheme or the process then please speak to your Head of Group, Area Manager or Operations Manager. However, we cannot advise you on what decision to take or on how future changes in Land Registry might affect you, your team or your office. This is an important decision, but ultimately a personal decision which needs to be based on what we know now about plans for the future and reflect your own personal circumstances and aspirations.

The next email refers to the Feasibility Study referred to in the introduction to the first one. I have to confess, I can’t actually remember what the Feasibility Study was looking into (I mentioned it back here if you’re interested) but the latest email was just saying that the announcement of the outcome will be delayed. For the sake of completeness, here it is:

The last message from Marco about the Feasibility Study on 18 March said the outcome of the Feasibility Study would not be announced until after the local elections on 5 May. This was because, given Land Registry’s importance in the housing market and wider questions about policy on use of public data, Ministers wanted to give thorough consideration to the findings of the study before making any decisions or announcements about our future direction.

I regret I am still unable to confirm the date of an announcement, though discussions are continuing to try to resolve the outstanding issues.

The key issue to resolve is the interaction between decisions on the future direction for Land Registry and the Government’s proposal to develop a Public Data Corporation (PDC). The PDC concept is still at an early stage of development, but its key objectives were set out in January and can be found here http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/public-data-corporation-free-public-data-and-drive-innovation

Ministers are keen to understand better how the PDC proposals might impact on Land Registry and the data we hold prior to making any announcements about the Feasibility Study. This is the main reason for the delay.

In the meantime and in order to avoid further delays once a decision has been reached, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have begun to put together a team of staff who will work with the Board to take the preferred option forward. Yvonne Thomas has been appointed as Director of HM Land Registry Reform to lead the team within MoJ.

I understand the uncertainty that further delays cause and we are pressing for an announcement to be made as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the wider policy issues for Government are complex and are out of our control. I will update you again as soon as we have any further developments.

That’s all I know.

Land Registry Latest

I can see from the stats that I’ve had quite a few readers coming here this week after searching for “Land Registry Redundancies” and the like.

Yes, there is new news, and yes I do have details. I’ve just not got round to posting here yet (and don’t have it to hand right now).

In brief, they’re bring forward phase two of the ATP to reduce staff numbers to 3,500 by the end of 2011. Or something like that. Will post details later.

UPDATE: I have now posted the emails: click here to read the post.