It will be easier for parents to register their new arrivals from the beginning of next month.

 Registrars will be given the authority to register births on behalf of York.

From 1 July, those in the Malton and Selby areas can do the registration close to home.

At present, those who have their babies in York hospital have to register their new arrivals with the York register office. This means either travelling to the city, or going to the registration office in Selby or Malton where they can make a declaration which is sent to York, but this will delay the certificates being issued.

Births have to be registered in the council area where they occur, not where the parents live. York Hospital covers the Selby area and also the western end of Ryedale.

In future, some North Yorkshire registrars will be given the authority to register births on behalf of York and they will be registered directly in Malton and Selby. New parents can then buy birth certificates at the time they visit these offices.

Appointments can be made through an online diary which is quick and easy to use. It can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website at www.northyorks.gov.uk/registering-birth-your-baby

The website also gives more information about who needs to attend and the questions they will be asked.

County councillor Greg White, executive member with responsibility for the registration service, said: “Registration law is stuck in the 1850s and does not reflect modern life. This new agreement is an excellent example of how, by working in partnership with our colleagues in York, we can improve the service to customers at no additional cost.”

Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism at City of York Council said: “It is great that by teaming up with colleagues in North Yorkshire we are making it quicker and easier for parents to register their new arrivals. Parents have a lot to process at what is a special time for them which is why we were so keen to make things easier for them to register their new-born.”

This story was published 25 June 2018