New registration service aims to cut red tape for parents

A new Tell Us Once service which the Government hopes will help to make life easier for new parents and save it £192m over the next 10 years is being rolled out across the country.

A new Tell Us Once service which the Government hopes will help to make life easier for new parents and save it £192m over the next 10 years is being rolled out across the country.
The new service aims to cut red tape and paperwork when a new baby is born by making it easier for people to notify government authorities about changes in their circumstances.
The Tell Us Once service for both births and deaths is being launched by The Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland.  With 770,000 births and 575,000 deaths nationally, Tell Us Once is expected to save users £66m over the next ten years. It enables key local and central government departments and services to be notified simply through one single appointment with the local registrar.
Tell Us Once programme director Lyn McDonald says: “We’ve done away with the red tape that usually confronts a person wanting to report a change in their circumstances to government.
“In a single appointment at their local authority, a person can notify all the relevant government departments and service authorities of their circumstances.
“It’s a service that saves time and money. We’re providing a simple process that responds to the specific needs of people who need to be with their families and not on the phone to government authorities at a time when they need it most.
”Tell Us Once is already in place in many UK regions and should be rolled out to 96% of the country by March 2012."
To report a birth, go to www.direct.gov.uk/birth-tellusonce
To report a bereavement, go to www.direct.gov.uk/death-tellusonce 

 





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