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Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)

This record is classed under Advocacy services, Mental health, Support services, Safeguarding adults and mental capacity.

Service Provider NameOffice of the Public Guardian
ServiceThe role of the Public Guardian is to protect people who lack capacity from abuse. The Public Guardian deals with safeguarding but only if an attorney or a deputy has been appointed. He does not deal with general safeguarding issues. The Public Guardian registers Lasting Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Attorney and supervised deputies appointed by the Court of Protection.
Address2PO Box 16185
CountyWest Midlands
Post CodeB2 2WH
Where do they provide service from?Address as above
Telephone0300 456 0300
Fax0870 739 5780
Area coveredEngland and Wales
Who is the service for?Public, professionals attorneys and deputies
Referral routeSelf refer
Specific ethnic group?No
Summary of servicesOPG is responsible for registering lasting and enduring powers of attorney, so that people can choose who they want to make decisions for them.
We maintain the public register of deputies and people who have been given lasting and enduring powers of attorney.

We also supervise and support deputies appointed by the Court of Protection and look into reports of abuse against registered attorneys or deputies.
When are the services run?Phone lines are open Monday - Friday
Time detailsMonday - Friday 9am - 5pm (except Wednesday 10am - 5pm)
RemitSafeguarding rights and enabling and encouraging choice for all who need our services.
Chargeable service?Yes (registrations only, not safeguarding)
Cost of serviceLasting Power of Attorney (LPA) registration fee is £110. Deputy fees:  £400 application fee  Plus £500 if the court takes the case to hearing  £100 assessment fee if you’re a new deputy  Supervision fee (depending on what level of supervision the deputy needs).
Means testedYes (only when applying for a fee exemption)
Total capacity of serviceNot applicable
Transport ProvidedNot applicable
CQC RegisteredNot applicable
Sandwell Approved ListNot applicable
DisclaimerInclusion in this directory does not imply that Sandwell Council endorses the organisations and no responsibility is assumed for the information in their entries or their services. For terms and disclaimer see below. Directory last updated October 2019.

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