Headlines: November 14th, 2003

Seventeen local councils that have modernised their services by using theNational Land and Property Gazetteer to standardise and link up their address data have been nominated for the Improvement and Development Agency’s NLPG Exemplar Awards for 2003.The awards have been launched to highlight the significant achievements that have been made by local government in this field. An awards ceremony will take place in Westminster on December 2nd, when the nominated councils will learn if their application has gained NLPG exemplar status. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Socitm, SOLACE, the Local Government Association and the Office of the e-Envoy are supporting the awards.

The National Land and Property Gazetteer provides local government and other public service organisations with unambiguous identification of land and property for England and Wales. It also enables them to link address data via the NLPG’s unique property referencing and so helps deliver service improvements for citizens.

The 17 authorities that have demonstrated developed services have used the NLPG for a variety of purposes ranging from increasing revenue by identifying properties which were previously unbanded for council tax, to creating a framework for a joint recycling project with a neighbouring authority.

The nominated authorities are Aylesbury Vale District Council, Amber Valley Borough, Durham City, Forest Heath, High Peak Borough, Huntingdonshire District Council, Kingston-upon-Hull, the London Borough of Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston-upon-Thames, South Derbyshire, South Gloucestershire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Tandridge District Council, Torbay, and Winchester City Council