Why is this happening?

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) processes applications for power of attorney. It’s now cheaper for the OPG to do this than it used to be, so power of attorney application fees were reduced on 1 April 2017 from £110 to £82.

The Ministry of Justice sets OPG’s fees. It has decided that some people were overcharged before the fee reduction, and has launched a scheme for people who paid for a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 to receive a partial refund.

Who can claim?

You can make a claim if you’re either:

  • the donor – the person who set up the power of attorney
  • an attorney – someone appointed by the donor to make decisions on their behalf in their lasting power of attorney (LPA) or enduring power of attorney (EPA).

The refund will be paid to the donor. Gov.uk has more information on what to do if the donor has died.

You must have set up the power of attorney in England or Wales, and have applied to register it between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.

How much can I reclaim?

How much you can get back depends on when you paid for your power of attorney and 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.

How do I claim?

You will need to claim your refund by 31 January 2021.

You can claim:

  • online – the form takes about 10 minutes to complete
  • by calling the Refunds Helpline on 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).

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. Claims take up to 12 weeks to process.

Next steps

Read our information on setting up a power of attorney.

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