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The cost to the person we support depends on whether we act as a Deputy appointed by The Court of Protection or if we act through a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Those in receipt of a means-tested benefit and with savings less than £3000
Before The Order is made
- To apply to become a person’s Deputy we have to spend a substantial amount of time gathering information and ensuring the application forms are completed correctly. Our charge for doing this is £850 (incl. VAT) as a one off cost. For the application we require a mental capacity assessment of the individual, which is often completed by their GP. However a GP will normally charge a fee for doing this. Alternatively, a social worker may be able to complete the mental capacity assessment at no charge to the individual.
- If an individual cannot initially afford to pay these charges, then we can agree an alternative payment method. Often this involves delaying charges until after the Order is made, and then agreeing a monthly rate to pay the outstanding amount over time.
- The Court of Protection and The Office of the Public Guardian charge fees for the application and continual supervision of a Court Order, however their fees are exempt for individuals on a means-tested benefit and with savings less than £3000. If an individual is on a means-tested benefit, but has savings above £3000, then these fees do apply.
- These fees are £400 for the Court of Protection application. A fee may be charged on an annual basis by The Office of the Public Guardian for supervision of the Court Order. However, this amount will depend on the supervision level assigned to the case when the Order is made.
- Often, a person’s family or social worker will ask us to support the person’s finances before the Court Order for Deputy is made. Whilst this is dependent on individual circumstances, the charge for preliminary work up to the date the Order is made at £60 (incl. VAT) per hour.
After The Order is made
- Once The Court of Protection makes the Order, the PDS charges a fixed rate agreed by the Court of Protection. For persons with a means tested benefit, this is £15 (incl. VAT) per week. An additional cost is added for support with a shared household arrangement, of £1.50 (incl. VAT); and where Direct Payment support is provided, £2.54 (incl. VAT). There is also a quarterly charge by Lloyds Bank of £1.20 (incl. VAT) for the supply of two bank accounts for an individual.
If a person does not have a means-tested benefit
The standard Court of Protection charges apply. These allow for a charge of £850 (incl. VAT) for setting up the Deputy Order, then £1800 (incl. VAT) for the first year of acting, and £1422 (incl. VAT) each year thereafter.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Our hourly charge for Power of Attorney work will depend on the person’s income and capital, and who is doing the work. For people on means-tested benefits, our solicitor cost is set at the Legal Aid rate of £60 (incl. VAT) per hour; our case manager cost is £36 (incl. VAT) per hour; and our business support cost is £24 (incl. VAT) per hour. We ensure that we work as efficiently as possible, and that our charges are always affordable for the person we are supporting.
Direct payment management
Where we provide direct payment support the cost is only £2.54 (incl. VAT) weekly where a person receives a means tested benefit and if we already hold a Court of Protection Deputy Order. In this situation there is also no start-up cost.
If we do not hold a Court Order for the individual, we can still manage their direct payments however our cost is £14.52 (incl. VAT) per week with a £30 (incl. VAT) per hour start-up cost, up to £300 (incl. VAT) maximum.
In almost every case, the capital balance of the people we hold Court Orders for increases as a result of our involvement and support.
The PDS charge as a Disability Related Expense
Suffolk County Council will include our charges in their assessment of a person’s contribution towards the cost of their social services care and support. Therefore, our charges are off-set against their contribution cost. This means the person we support may result in paying the equivalent of nil charges to the PDS. However, this is dependent on their final assessment by Suffolk County Council.
Nonetheless, we can confidently state that despite our charges, the individuals we support are more often than not in an improved financial position within one year of our involvement and appointment as Deputy.
Contact details for the Professional Deputy Service (PDS)
PO Box 223
Telephone: 01473 736296