Why is this happening?

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) registers power of attorney and supervises deputies and guardians appointed by the Court of Protection.

The Ministry of Justice sets OPG’s fees. It reduced the fees for applying for a power of attorney and the assessment and supervision fees for deputyship, because it turned out to be cheaper to provide these services than predicted. The reductions in fees happened at different times.

Who can claim?

Deputyship fees

If you were acting as a deputy for someone between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015, you may be eligible for a partial refund.

Current deputies do not need to apply.

Power of attorney fees

If you paid for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you can receive a partial refund.

You can make a claim if you're the person who set up the power of attorney (the donor) or you're the attorney. The refund will be paid to the donor. Gov.uk has more information on what to do if the donor has died.

How much can I reclaim?

The application fees for power of attorney were reduced from £110 to £82 on 1 April 2017. How much you can get back depends on when you paid for your LPA an whether you paid a reduced fee.

How much you can reclaim
When you paid your fee Refund for each power of attorney
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

You’ll also get 0.5% interest. If you paid a reduced fee you will get half the refund.

The refund applies to each power of attorney you paid for. So, for example, if you’d paid for an LPA for property and financial affairs and an LPA for health and welfare in May 2013, you could get a refund of £108.

Certain deputyship fees were reduced on 1 April 2015. How much you get will depend on :

  • how much you paid and at what rate
  • how long you paid for
  • whether you have unpaid fees.

Most refunds will be less than £200. You'll also get 0.5% interest.

How do I claim?

For power of attorney application fees, you will need to claim your refund by 31 January 2021. 

For deputyship fee refunds, you will need to claim your refund by 4 October 2022.

You can claim for both online:

  • Power of attorney application fee refunds - the form takes about 10 minutes to complete. You'll need a copy of the power of attorney, if you have it, and the donor's bank account details. Gov.uk has more information on how to claim.
  • Deputyship fee refunds – you can fill in the form online and email to them, or print it and send it back by post. You’ll need to send proof of:
    • your name
    • your address
    • your right to apply for the refund.

You'll also need the details of the person who had the deputy. Gov.uk has more information on what you'll need to claim.

If you need help

For both types of refund, you can call the Refunds Helpline on 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6). Claims can take up to 12 weeks to process.

Next steps

Read our information on setting up a power of attorney.

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