Residence Certificates

In an increasingly paperless world, proof of address is becoming more difficult. We have been reduced to using Income Tax Return forms, as an alternative to paying for a paper copy of a bank statement or telephone bill. A method which only works from April to October! We notice problems particularly because our children still live with us, so there are no utility bills in their names.

Each organisation (bank, lawyer etc.) requires separate documentary proof. This makes finally getting rid of offspring particularly stressful, as when buying a house each compliance officer may have different ideas about what documents are acceptable.

A government 'Residence Certificate' could be produced from existing records (starting with Income Tax). I for one would be happy with a modest fee (£20-£40) to avoid the multiple hassles at present.   


Why the contribution is important

Additional (although modest) government revenue stream.

Saves me stress.

by Litigant on May 13, 2017 at 02:16PM

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  • Posted by charlie May 13, 2017 at 18:03

    Excellent......but the notary publics won't like it.
  • Posted by DragonX May 14, 2017 at 22:32

    This could be linked to a central register of residents, properly access controlled of course. A card could be issued( no need for a photo) and the card could be used. The government could allow credit companies/ banks access to information to confirm addresses for KYC purposes and charge for access. It will be important to differentiate between a register of residents (same as electoral register and potentially doing away with it) and access to information sat behind that central hub. It could mean that the ability to tell government about a change of address once could become a reality and it would ease difficult situation, such as dealing with a death, by allowing the hospital/doctor to register the death in the central hub and stop the sending out of letters which cause upset at a difficult time.
    It is just about getting an understanding of the difference between a central hub with basic information used across all government and which could potentially be an asset and money-maker ( it could be tailored to include opt in for marketing) and the specific personal information held separately across the different departments. It's all down to how civil servants can sell the idea to the public without causing privacy fears
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