28 Feb 2011

Consultation period begins today

The Office of the Public Guardian has announced a new consultation paper which aims to ensure that the OPG Fee policy remains fair, equitable and proportionate to the services being provided.

This consultation has been launched today and will run until the 21 May 2011.

The proposed changes below will help ensure this whilst at the same time fully covering OPG costs. We are now seeking your views.

  • Raising the LPA Application to Register fee from £120 to £130;
  • Implementing a new 'Resubmission Fee' of £65 each time an LPA is resubmitted to the OPG within 3 months of it being returned to the Applicant as invalid;
  • Discontinuing the production of LPA office copies by the OPG, except in extreme and limited circumstances, and for a £50 fee;
  • Removing the Application to Search the Registers fee;
  • Replacing Type 1, 2A and 2 supervision fees with a flat fee of £320 and introducing an administration fee of £35 for those in type 3 requiring the de minimis level of supervision;
  • Raising the maximum threshold of capital for those cases qualifying for Type 3 supervision from £16,000 to £21,000 over a period of 4 years;
  • Introducing a new Fee Remissions policy of 50% for those who have a gross income of up to £12,000;
  • Allowing the Public Guardian to vary the levels of fees payable in the future, examples of which could be:
    • Implementing a new discounted fee for any LPA applications that are submitted together;
    • Removing or discounting the LPA registration fee for Armed Service Personnel
  • Renaming a number of OPG fees in order to make it clearer what they cover.

The full consultation document and response form are available to view on the Ministry of Justice website via the link below. Your views and opinions would be most welcome.

http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/opg-fees-consultation.htm

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