Councils could save £54.4m a year if they consolidated their property data using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) – a standardised database of property information supplied by local government.
The potential benefit from the NLPG was calculated by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) following a survey of 30 councils.
The CEBR estimate assumes that the NLPG data is used to improve all council services and that the councils stop using any other sources of address data.
The study did not estimate the potential benefits to users of council services if councils used NLPG as their sole source of data.
Some councils have already standardised their address data using the NLPG. Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council has consolidated more than 100 sets of property data into just one set that it has made available through its intranet to 10,000 employees.