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  • Survey on the Development of the Postal Address File

    The survey is now closed. The PAF Advisory Board would like to thank all respondents who completed the survey questionnaire. Your input will help shape the PAF going forward. Look out for more news on the survey in the future.

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  • Clauses in Not Yet Built, Multiple Residence and UK Addresses files

    The AMU has advised that they are removing a clause within the Multiple Residence, Not Yet Built and UK Addresses Licence agreements about notifying and discussing changes to the agreements with the PAF Advisory Board. The clause was a copy of the PAF agreement but is not appropriate on the other three agreements as they […]

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  • Charities Use of PAF

    The AMU has informed that they are extending the availability of free access to PAF data for small charities, so that PAF Solutions Providers will also now be able to offer free licensing to qualifying organisations. The offer will work using the same processes as the Public Sector Licence (PSL), in that qualifying charities will […]

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  • PAF Code of Practice Update

    Following discussions between the PAF Advisory Board and the Address Management Unit within Royal Mail, it has been agreed that the PAF Code of Practice for address changes will in future be reviewed when considered appropriate by both parties. This is likely to be in response to issues raised by customers, significant changes to the […]

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  • The Postcode Address File Moving Forward

    The PAF Advisory Board and RM Address Management Unit representatives are holding a special open discussion meeting in November 2018 to look into the future development of PAF.  We would welcome written input from both Solution Providers and End Users of PAF with suggestions for additional data items that could be added to PAF.  These […]

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  • Philip Good Obituary

    It is with sadness that the PAF Advisory Board learnt of the death of Philip ‘Phil’ Good on 5th December 2017.  He was one of the first people to understand the importance of the postcode in identifying an address for the purposes of delivery of mail and parcels and developed a postcode recognition business in […]

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  • Ordnance Survey AddressBase Pricing Update

    OS has advised  that it is currently exploring the concept of ‘perpetual pricing’ for its AddressBase products https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/addressbase-products.html with the aim of introducing consistency with Royal Mail PAF Cleansed Data terms.     If this is of interest to you please feel free to contact Santiago Jagot at Ordnance Survey @ santi.jagot@os.co.uk by 13th October 2018

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  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are a set of regulations developed by the European Commission, intended to strengthen data protection for individuals within the European Union. The regulations are applied from 25th May 2018. Appended are a set of links to materials relating to the GDPR that may be useful in assisting your understanding of […]

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  • Chairman’s Blog – March 2015

    As we enter a new PAF year there are significant changes to the way in which the database is licensed. A new generic licence will come into force progressively through the year as agreements are renewed. It is shorter, simpler and more user-friendly than previous versions. But that is not the only change. Please review […]

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  • Royal Mail and the PAB chairman respond to Open Data report

    Royal Mail responds to the Public Administration Select Committee report on Statistics and Open Data and points to further initiatives to help the spread of PAF usage. The PAB chairman identifies four priorities – raising awareness of innovations in PAF licensing, licence simplification, quality assurance on PAF data and examining the costs of PAF maintenance. […]

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