Plan to improve registrations

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Residents registering a birth, marriage or death can look forward to an improved service under proposals being considered by Derbyshire County Council.

The Derbyshire Registration Scheme, which is overseen by the Government’s Registrar General, currently sets out how the countywide service is run and where and how staff are employed.

But the county council wants more freedom to tailor the service allowing people to register births, marriages and deaths in their local district.

Derbyshire’s service currently has a superintendent registrar and register office in each of seven district areas and people must travel to the registrar in the area where the birth, marriage or death happened.

The changes will merge the district areas into a countywide service.