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Huntingdonshire District Council Win Award for Best Performing Authority

Posted: 24 October 2007

A team from Huntingdonshire District Council picked up the prestigious national award for âBest Performing Authority' at the 2007 Exemplar Awards held in Leicester last week.

The award recognises the efforts made in improving the Council's Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) the central repository of land and property information that underpins all service delivery. Everything the Council does from collecting Council Tax to refuse collection requires an address and it is the Council's continued efforts in improving the quality of their address gazetteer that has led to its recognition as the âBest Performing Authority'. The team from Huntingdonshire were also highly commended in another category NLPG-âMost Creative Use' for its work in providing the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire & Rescue Service with a broader source of gazetteer data, assisting them in assessment of Building Risk. This joint working has greatly assisted two parties in identification of land and property entities.

The NLPG is a key government led initiative to improve efficiency and service delivery. The sharing of accurate address information across local government departments, emergency services, national and regional government is a vital component in the drive to facilitate and improve efficiency and service delivery. The NLPG makes this possible through linking local authorities' Local Land & Property Gazetteers via a central hub, which validates the data in order to provide a single and definitive source of national addressing for wider use.

The process of building and maintaining Local Land and Property Gazetteers is one that has little visibility outside a local authority but it is one that is going on within every council within Britain today. Every house and property now has a unique property reference number (UPRN), a sort of super postcode held in a central database (LLPG) which provides all Council departments and computer systems with a definitive reference for all property.

The Best Performing Authority is awarded to the authority, which has the highest points score based upon a number of different parameters. The award is a reflection of the efforts made by Huntingdonshire in maintaining and improving its gazetteer. Huntingdonshire scored maximum points, matching its gazetteer 100% with centrally held Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates registers, by returning change only updates, new houses, demolitions etc, to the central NLPG hub on a daily basis and for updating its gazetteer to the new 2006 British Standard.

The Exemplar Awards are run and sponsored by The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and Intelligent Addressing (IA)

24th October 2007

Notes to Editors:

Intelligent Addressing is a specialist private sector consultancy (an SME) employing recognised experts in addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG and NSG central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with local government.

Intelligent Addressing contact:

Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing | 0207 747 3500 | E-mail: [email protected] | www.intelligent-addressing.co.uk, www.thensg.org.uk, www.nlpg.org.uk

Editorial enquiries and colour separation requests:

William Allbrook | T: 01666 826641 | F: 01666 824668

The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) The IDeA works in partnership with all councils, to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement of the rest, and develop the sector as a whole. IDeA has brokered the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with Intelligent Addressing to develop the NLPG and NSG, through the Local Government Information House (LGIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Agency.

Working in partnership with the local government community developing national infrastructure projects that enable councils to deliver local services more effectively, LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.

The NLPG is a joint venture between the Information House and Intelligent Addressing Limited.

IDeA contacts:

Steve Brandwood, Programme Manager | 020 7296 6615 | Email: [email protected] | www.idea.gov.uk

Media: Paul Bailey | 020 7296 6529

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