The astonishing proposal to sell off the Land Registry has been removed from government legislation as it ponders responses to the idea.
The £1 billion sale was part of George Osborne’s efforts to balance the books.
But it is now under review as reported here in the Guardian
The proposal would empower the kind of property operators who have already registered the ownership of £263 billion of property assets in England and Wales in offshore companies since 2000, according to Property Week.
A good number of these are residential freeholds, such as the once mighty portfolio of Vincent Tchenguiz, at one point one per cent of all the residential freeholds in the country, which was / is ultimately controlled by his so-called Tchenguiz Family Trust in the British Virgin Islands.
Privatising the Land Registry is akin to selling Inland Revenue.
It was blocked in 2014 by LibDem business secretary Vince Cable during the Coalition Government.
This time the proposed sell off came from his successor Sajid Javid.
I wrote to our MP about that a while ago, he responded stating he was very much against any sell off plans. Surely, we need to go forward, towards more transparency, not backwards.