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The Register Office performance and customer satisfaction

​This page outlines what you can expect from the registration service. You can also find out how we are performing within our service.
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We will aim to register 98% of births within 42 calendar days from date of birth.

Month Birth registrations Total registered within 42 days
November 2020 249 86%
December 2020 222 86%
 January 2021 244 79%

We will aim to register 90% of deaths (excluding post mortem and inquest cases) within five calendar days of the event.

It is a statutory duty to register deaths within five calendar days and we ensure that appointments are available within two working days from when customers contact us. Approximately 5% of deaths requires some local authority investigation before they can be registered. This makes reaching the national target very challenging and the General Register Office is aware of the problem.

Month Death registrations Total registered within 5 days
 November 2020 68 84%
December 2020 89 71%
January 2021 214 59%

We will aim to see 95% of our customers early, on time or within 10 minutes of the appointment time.

Month Total number of customers arrived on time % seen within 10 minutes of appointment
November 2020 264 79.5%
December 2020 237 80.6%
January 2021 287 84% 

We will aim to respond to all enquiries, including email enquiries, within 10 working days.

We will aim to acknowledge all complaints within two working days and provide a full response within 10 working days.  

During your enquiry, how happy were you with the reception services? (On a scale of 1–10 [10 being the most satisfied])

November 2020
December 2020 5.50
January 2021 4.75

During your enquiry, how happy were you with the Officer?

(On a scale of 1–10 [10 being the most satisfied])

 November 2020 6.21
December 2020 7.80
January 2021 6.99
How easy was it to obtain a registration appointment online?

Good availability Limited availability Poor availability
November 2020 65% 18% 17%
December 2020 59% 15% 26%
January 2021 63% 26% 11%

You can give us feedback in a variety of ways.

Giving us feedback  

There are a number of different types of feedback you can give to us:

  • We want to hear your suggestions and ideas about services.
  • If you are unhappy with something we have done you can complain. We want to provide a good quality service. If things go wrong we need to know so that we can put them right.

  • Tell us when you think a council employee or service has done well.