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New fees at the OPG

The Office of the Public Guardian has published the responses to its consultation on the proposed increase of its fees for 2011/2012 and confirmed the new fees, which come into effect on 1 October 2011:

• An increase in the fee for making an application to register a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or enduring power of attorney (EPA) from £120 to £130

• The introduction of a new “Resubmission Fee” of £65 each time an LPA is resubmitted to the OPG within three months of an application being sent back to the applicant as invalid. This fee only applies where a new application has to be submitted; there is no fee for resubmission of amended applications

• The OPG will stop producing office copies of LPAs, except in extreme and limited circumstances, when they will charge a fee of £35 per copy

• The removal of the £25 fee currently charged to search the three OPG registers: LPAs, EPAs and Court Orders appointing deputies

• The individual Type 1, 2A and 2 supervision fees will be replaced with a single supervision fee of £320

• An administration fee of £35 will be introduced for those requiring the minimal level of supervision (income based exemptions to this fee will be made available)

• The maximum threshold of capital for those cases qualifying for minimal supervision will rise from £16,000 to £21,000 over a period of four years

• The introduction of a new fee remissions policy of 50% for those who have a gross income of up to £12,000 (previously they would have received a 100% remission)

The Office of the Public Guardian says the proposed changes will help ensure that the fee structure remains fair and equitable whilst fully covering OPG costs.