Memorandum by the Lord
1999 (S.I. 1999/2505)
1. The Lord Chancellor's Department
submits this memorandum in response to the request dated 27 October
1999 on the point set out below.
The fee increases provided
for in Rule 2 amount to 50% and 150% (respectively) over a period
of 5 years (since the 1994 Rules came into force). Explain the
reason(s) for these increases.
2. The work on Enduring Powers
of Attorney is a discrete area of the Public Trust Office and
the proposed fee changes do no more than bring income directly
into line with the cost of the activities. The fees had not changed
since 1990 and costs at that time were set on a cash basis, whereas
current accounting conventions require costs to be set on an accrual
basis thus including all notional and other indirect costs. The
Public Trust Office is required to remove cross subsidies wherever
possible and without this change the activity would need to be
subsidised from fees from other areas of the Office.
29 October 1999