The Award was presented at the GeoPlace annual conference and presentation of the Exemplar Awards 2014 which celebrate excellence in service delivery enabled through local government address and street information.
Using statistics compiled by GeoPlace, this Award recognised the authority which has made and achieved a real commitment to improving both the accuracy and quality of its address data submitted to the national address database run by GeoPlace. This address information is important to a local authority as it is often used for managing benefits, collecting local taxes, arranging school buses, refuse collection routes and registering to vote.
GeoPlace is the centre of excellence for the management of spatial address information and street data for Great Britain, and manages the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) which contains information about streets from every local authority in England and Wales. GeoPlace was set up following an announcement by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP.
The quality of the data from local authorities such as Ribble Valley is very important as public sector organisations across Great Britain also use it in the form of the national AddressBase range of products, made available by Ordnance Survey. National projects include, amongst many others: Tell Us Once; rural payments; flood risk; Beyond Census 2011, Registration of land and title ownership; TV license revenue collections; fraud analysis; school admissions; passport applications and the emergency services that rely on it to get to people in distress quickly.
In presenting the Award to Sarah Grimes, Authority Address Custodian and GIS Officer for Ribble Valley, Neil Silley, NLPG Custodian said "Over the last year Ribble Valley have improved in all eight performance measures, achieving this level demonstrates excellence and commitment to a process that brings many local and national benefits."
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GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data for Great Britain.
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