If you registered a Power of Attorney in England or Wales between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, you could be due a refund of up to £54.
Under a new Government scheme announced last week, those who paid a registration fee of £110 for a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney in that period can apply for a partial refund as they were charged more than was necessary.
When you register a Power of Attorney, you’re charged an application fee, set by the Ministry of Justice and paid to the Office of the Public Guardian.
Why the refund?
Between 2013 and 2017, the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian decreased, but the application fee stayed the same, at £110, so the Government is now repaying some of the cash.
There are two types of Power of Attorney, a health and welfare one and a property and financial affairs version. If you registered both during this time you can claim for both – meaning a refund of up to £108.
How much will I get?
How much you can reclaim depends on when you paid for the Power of Attorney:
Refund for each Power of Attorney
|WHEN YOU PAID THE FEE||REFUND|
|April to September 2013||£54|
|October 2013 to March 2014||£34|
|April 2014 to March 2015||£37|
|April 2015 to March 2016||£38|
|April 2016 to March 2017||£45|
On 1 April 2017, the application fee for registering a Power of Attorney was reduced from £110 to £82.
How do I apply?
You can make a claim if you were the donor (the person who made the Power of Attorney) or the attorney (the person appointed by the donor) – but the refund will be paid to the donor.
You can claim a refund even if the Power of Attorney has been used. You can also claim if the donor has died, although in this case you’ll need to claim by phone.
If you think you’re eligible, you can claim a refund online or phone the Office of the Public Guardian’s helpline on 0300 456 0300 and select option six. You will need the donor’s UK bank account number and sort code.
Click here for all the contact details you will need to register your claim.