We reported back in February that the Office of the Public Guardian would be making partial refunds to people who had paid to register their Lasting Powers of Attorney between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017. This was due to the Office of the Public Guardian making savings on their operating costs which weren’t passed onto the public during that time.
Following a Freedom of Information request, the Office of the Public Guardian have confirmed that as at the end of August, there have only been 158,212 claims made for refunds. The OPG believes there are over a million potential refunds due.
If you might be due a refund and you haven’t yet made a claim, full details can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund
Applications can be made online or by telephoning the Office of the Public Guardian on 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).