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7/4/2005

Registers of Scotland relocation

Registers of Scotland

Registers of Scotland, the agency responsible for land and property registration, has been examining alternative options for its location, as part of the Executive’s programme of relocation reviews.

It is now examining the following shortlist of areas, for a partial and phased move of some of its Edinburgh-based operations.

Fife
Glasgow City
North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire
West Lothian
Additionally, Registers of Scotland has been asked to examine the potential for creating small satellite centres in a small number of locations as part of the Small Units Initiative.

Each of the options will now be examined in further detail with a view to recommending location options to Ministers in the summer.

The agency currently employs over 1,400 staff at four locations in central Scotland. It is currently engaged in a major change programme which will see staff numbers reduced by more than 30 per cent over the next 10 years. Main accommodation is currently at Meadowbank House in Edinburgh, which is a Crown owned building. In Glasgow, the agency has leased premises at 150 St Vincent Street. In addition, it has two further leases for Customer Service Centres at Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, and George Square, Glasgow.

The Executive’s policy on relocation has been in operation since 1999. When a new unit or agency is established, or if an existing unit is merged or otherwise reorganised, the policy requires that a location review is undertaken to ascertain where the body will be located. The presumption is that it will be located outside Edinburgh. For existing bodies, where a significant property breakpoint is reached, for example the termination of a lease, a relocation review should be undertaken and options – including Edinburgh – should be considered. Registers of Scotland was included in the programme of relocation reviews in 2000 with its review scheduled for 2004.
Source-Scottish Executive

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