All Local Authorities must format their electoral data and assign a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) from the NLPG to each address in their Registers in order to meet the Ministry of Justice's (MOJ) data standards directive. Intelligent Addressing has been engaged by many authorities to help achieve this by the deadline of December 2009. The MOJ directive is the direct result of recommendations set out by the Electoral Commission following lengthy consultation with the Ministry of Justice, political parties, Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) and software suppliers. The whole process is designed to improve the quality and integrity of electoral registers, enable effective checking of political party donations and help in detecting certain types of electoral fraud. Behind this work on data standards is the goal of achieving the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors (CORE).
IA is helping EROs in many Local Authorities to bring their electoral data up to the required standard. This involves a five-stage process, which checks data integrity, converts it to BS 7666 format, matches it to the NLPG, and provides a detailed report suggesting how each authority should proceed. Any anomalies must be resolved at the local level. Every voter must have an address in order to vote and this process ensures rigour in bringing the Registers into alignment with the NLPG, the master address database for England and Wales.
"CORE is meant to improve the rigour of Electoral Registers and the standard of democracy in the UK, and we are delighted to be playing a role in bringing this about," said Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing. "The process of bringing Electoral Registers in line with the NLPG is now well on track to meet the MOJ's December deadline," continued Nicholson.
28th January 2009
Notes to Editors:
The NLPG was initiated in 1999 to become the master address dataset for England and Wales and the central hub for the 376 address creating Local Authorities and their Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs). Based on unique property reference numbers (UPRNs) the underlying principle of these gazetteers is to provide a single definitive ad dress database for all departments and systems across a local authority in order to cut costs, improve efficiency and service delivery.
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.
Paul Bailey | 020 7296 6600 | Email: [email protected] | www.idea.gov.uk