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06/03/2013

PAF® Public Sector Licence update

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit (AMU) are pleased to announce the planned introduction of the PAF® Public Sector Licence. The PAF® Public Sector Licence is intended to widen access to, and increase usage of PAF® by Public Sector organisations.

From 1 April 2014, Public Sector organisations in England and Wales will be able to use PAF® for free at the point of use. BIS will make a single, central payment to Royal Mail that will cover these Public Sector organisations use. There will be a phased approach to the introduction of the new terms for the use of PAF® within the Public Sector. From the 1 April 2013 members of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) will be able to take advantage of the PAF® Public Sector Licence to support their use of addressing products provided through the PSMA.

Angela Latta, Head of Data Services & Strategy at BIS said, ‘Thousands of Public Sector organisations rely on the address and postcode information held within PAF® to deliver vital services to the Public. The PAF® Public Sector Licence will simplify PAF® licensing for the Public Sector. This will enable organisations to access and use PAF® to improve efficiency, support collaborative working practices and stimulate innovation.’ Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, added, ‘The PAF® Public Sector Licence will make it easier for Public Sector organisations to make greater use of PAF®. In their recent consultation paper on PAF®, Ofcom asked Royal Mail to simplify PAF® licensing. We believe the PAF® Public Sector Licence is the first step in delivering exactly that’.

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