Tech Insights/ White Paper
15 Sep 2021
As part of our Tech Insight programme, we have brought together a group of leading industry experts to discuss an aspect of data use that is key to the success of the UK property market: the use of the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) as a universal property identifier.
The URPN: What’s in a number is our new white paper that is based on this conversation. It sets out the benefits and challenges of widespread adoption of the UPRN and looks in detail at the far-reaching implications of this important initiative for our whole industry.
Following our open letter to government urging the adoption of the UPRN, we are now delving further into the conversation of the why, what's and how, of implementing this initiative.
Key points are that:
The white paper identifies a number of challenges faced by the property industry in gaining acceptance of the UPRN. These include a lack of awareness/understanding of the potential of the UPRN, a lack of capability and accessibility to open data within stakeholder organisations and the cost of the internal changes that would be required to fully utilise this data.
To address these issues, the paper pinpoints the need for collaboration across both public and private sectors. It calls on the Government to establish a dedicated Task Force consisting of representatives and champions from both the public and private sector and identifies the minimum amount of intervention needed by government around three key questions:
What different ways of funding this are available?
We hope you enjoy the first of three instalments of our new UPRN white paper series and find it as thought-provoking as our previous tech insights papers. The IRPM LinkedIn member forum is open for further discussion.