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13/02/2014

Revised PAF® Licence Proposal Press Release

ROYAL MAIL ISSUES REVISED PROPOSAL FOR SIMPLIFYING POSTCODE ADDRESS FILE LICENSING

  • Royal Mail has published its revised proposal for simplifying the Postcode Address File (PAF) licence, following an initial consultation last summer
  • The revised proposal, which is designed to deliver greater simplicity and maintain customer choice, builds on feedback obtained during its extensive consultation period, which began in August 2013
  • The proposal aims to widen take-up, encourage greater use of PAF, and meet the current and future needs of users, solutions providers and developers of PAF based products in today’s diverse marketplace
  • This comes after new measures implemented last year in collaboration with Government, to provide free access to PAF for micro businesses and small independent charities, encouraging innovation and growth
  • In addition, Royal Mail is working with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government on the development of a PAF Public Sector Licence which would be appropriately paid for and allows public sector bodies in England, Scotland and Wales to use PAF for free at the point of use
  • Since its introduction, the way in which the postcode and postal address data is used has diversified and grown. PAF is now at the core of a wide range of systems and solutions which support many businesses and industries
  • Royal Mail is seeking feedback on its revised proposal by 26 February and intends to publish the new PAF licence in April. Once published, the new licence will be implemented 12 months later

Royal Mail has published its revised proposals to simplify the Postcode Address File (PAF) licence following an initial consultation last summer.

The revised proposal is designed to make the PAF licence easier to read, easier to understand and simpler to use compared to the current licence. It builds on feedback obtained during its extensive consultation period which began in August last year.

Simplifying PAF licensing

The proposal aims to widen take up, encourage greater use of PAF, and meet the current and future needs of users, solutions providers and developers of PAF based products in today’s marketplace.

Key features of the revised proposal include:

  • A clearer, simpler and easier to read set of licensing terms
  • An updated and simpler pricing structure with clear choices to help users decide which pricing options best suits their use of PAF
  • A familiar licensing model where solutions providers continue to license their customers
  • A reduction in the Full UK, Full PAF® per User price
  • A reduction in the number of price points
  • Wider scope for innovation with few restrictions on the use of PAF®

Royal Mail is seeking feedback on its revised proposal by 26 February and intends to publish the new PAF licence in April. Once published, the new licence will be implemented 12 months later.

Any individual, organisation or association wishing to comment on the revised proposals is encouraged to do so. To take part, visit www.poweredbypaf.com/licensing-centre.

New prices will come into effect when the terms of the new licence are implemented from April 2015. This will be the first time prices have changed since the terms of the current licence were implemented in April 2010.

The revised licence proposals follow new measures implemented last year, in collaboration with Government, to provide free access to PAF for micro businesses and small independent charities, encouraging innovation and growth.

A PAF Public Sector Licence

Royal Mail is working with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government on the development of a PAF Public Sector Licence.

Once an agreement is reached, public sector organisations in England, Scotland and Wales, such as councils and Government Departments, will benefit from being able to use PAF for free at the point of use. The new licence means they will have the ability to share data and work collaboratively with other public sector bodies in delivering public services more effectively.

Since its introduction, the way in which the postcode and postal address data is used has diversified and grown. PAF is now at the core of a wide range of systems and solutions which support many businesses and industries. The postcode is now used by tens of thousands of businesses every day for address look-up, to confirm identities, reduce fraud and aid navigation.

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For further information contact:
Akudo Ike
PR Manager
07725 447937
akudo.ike@royalmail.com

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