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Transforming the Services of the Office of the Public Guardian

Volume 585: debated on Friday 5 September 2014

On 21 August, the Government published the response to the consultation paper “Transforming the Services of the Office of the Public Guardian: Enabling Digital by Default” which sought the views on the next phase of our proposals to transform the services provided by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). This reinforces our commitment to implementing the “digital by default” approach in public services.

The response announced:

The introduction of new simplified forms for lasting powers of attorney (LPA) which will make it easier for those customers wishing to use the paper-based service;

An expansion of the range of resubmitted LPA cases where a reduced application fee applies, to include those whose current LPA could only be registered after an application has been made to the Court of Protection;

Our thinking for the future supervision of deputies.

I would urge anyone with an interest in the Office of the Public Guardian to read the response.

I have deposited copies of the response paper in the Libraries of both Houses. Copies are also available in the Vote Office and Printed Paper Office. Copies are available on the internet at: