New Report from GeoPlace Highlights Transformation and Social Benefit from Address Data

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GeoPlace's free new report demnstrates how councils' address and street data can join up local services and increase public sector efficiency, illustrated by 'bite-sized' examples from across the country.

Richard Mason GeoPlace Managing Director, said: “Most transactions include an address; registering to vote, collection of waste, delivery of social care, payment of taxes. We are pleased to highlight the role of the UPRN in joining up these services."

GeoPlace has published a report demonstrating the vital role that address and street data plays within communities.

The report features projects ranging from a large scale project in Wales which is reducing emergency service call handling times; to helping vulnerable people in Torfaen; to supporting democracy in Huntingdonshire. All of these projects which have significant social benefit, have been facilitated by the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) which is included in every AddressBase® record.

In the same way that every citizen has a National Insurance Number, every internet enabled device has an IP address and every book features an ISBN number - the UPRN uniquely and definitively identifies every addressable location in Great Britain. It is used by organisations to readily exchange information with each other, streamline services, reduce duplication and facilitate partnership working and to link matching records in different databases together.

The report outlines presentations from service professionals at this year’s GeoPlace annual conference together with case studies from local authorities showing how the effective deployment of address and street information can make a real impact on the things that matter to people, including:

  •     bringing local government data into the National Fraud Initiative
  •     providing transparency in school catchment in Newham
  •     identifying areas of deprivation in Warrington
  •     securing Broadband funding in a rural county
  •     evidence based service distribution in Canterbury
  •     mitigating flood risk in Nottingham

The report ‘Everything Happens Somewhere – the role of ‘place’ in improving public services’ is available on the GeoPlace website at

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Gayle Gander
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