If you applied for a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 you may be entitled to a partial refund of the application fee.
This is because between 2013 and 2017, the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian decreased, but the application fee stayed the same, at £110. The Office of the Public Guardian are only allowed to charge enough to cover its operational costs. In 2013, changes were made which streamlined the efficiency of the OPG, however these savings were not passed onto the consumer. The Government is therefore now repaying the difference between what applicants paid and what they should have paid, plus interest.
The table below sets out what refund you are entitled to:
|Date of Application:||Refund Due:|
|April – September 2013||£54|
|October 2013 – March 2014||£34|
|April 2014 – March 2015||£37|
|April 2015 – March 2016||£38|
|April 2016 – March 2017||£45|
All monies owed include 0.5% annual interest, the standard tax repayment rate.
How to apply for your refund:
Either the Donor or the Attorney can make the application, but the repayment will be remade to the Donor. You can claim the refund online here, or by calling 0300 456 0300.
To claim the refund, you will need:
- The Donor’s name, address and date of birth;
- the Donor’s account number and sort code;
- and the name of the Attorneys on the Power of Attorney.