One-stop shop for registering births

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Residents registering a birth, marriage or death could see a flexible and convenient service introduced if proposals put forward by Derbyshire County Council are approved.

The council wants to tailor the service to meet customers’ needs. Public Health Cabinet Member Councillor Carol Hart said:

“An example would be if someone lives in Ashbourne but dies in Chesterfield, the family must register the death in Chesterfield.

“Under our proposals the death could be registered in Ashbourne, which is not only more convenient for the family but also less stressful at such an emotionally difficult time.”

The proposals would see single registration district created for the county, with one County Register Officer based in Chesterfield managed by a new County Superintendent Registrar post.

All existing register offices would continue to offer birth, marriage and death registration and to carry out ceremonies. There are no proposed office closures.

If the Government’s Registrar General agrees the changes could be made by early 2013.