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This article was published on July 31st, 2017
The Office of the Public Guardian has admitted that fees charged for lasting powers of attorney have been too excessive in the past four years.
They revealed that fees charged were above that of the costs involved in processing an LPA application.
The error is said to be as a result of the growing number of LPAs that have been registered in recent times. A statement from the OPG said: “Increased volumes, coupled with greater efficiencies in processing applications, have resulted in fees being charged above the operational cost of delivering the service, without the Ministry of Justice having exercised the power provided by legislation to allow us to do this.”
The OPG has stated that an estimated £89 million will be paid to thousands of people who are eligible for a refund within the current financial year. The OPG has also stated that full details of the refund process will be provided in due course.
The decision comes as part of wider reforms that the OPG aim to bring about with the agency say they are “committed to taking such steps as are necessary to make sure that people are made aware of and receive, the refunds to which they are entitled”.
Adding: “‘We will be working closely with the Ministry of Justice and its new income strategy unit, which will oversee the standards and controls set for all income streams. We have also made a number of improvements to the way in which we forecast demand and associated costs, in order to enable us to base fee proposals on robust evidence and to ensure compliance with requirements set by HM Treasury.”
Since the announcement by the OPG the fees have been reduced down to £82 per LPA registered.
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