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Germaine



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Price of certs going up  Reply with quote

Just found this on another site.
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Don't know if this has already been posted, but the prices for certificates are going up on April 6th, from
£7 to £9.25. See below.

http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/1569.htm
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Jane



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So get your order in quick!

I think its disgusting we have to pay so much for certificates of say 100 years or more.

I suppose like everything prices rise  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Jane suppose we have done well they have kept them at the same price for so long.
Yes if you  need any get your order in quick.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the Registrar General said in his announcement today, this is the first change in GRO fees since 2003 and represents an increase of just 32 pence per year over a seven-year period.
We can hardly complain at that, surely?

He also said :-

'GRO certificates are self-financing and costs must be recovered to ensure
taxpayers do not subsidise them'.

Bearing in mind that a great many certificates are ordered by overseas residents then as a long-suffering British taxpayer I'm with him all the way on this!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And getting a certificate from the GRO will still be cheaper than getting one in NSW, here it costs me $18.00 (10 pounds 80 p) if I use a transcription agent or 16 pounds 85 p if I go directly through the Sydney Registry Office. 9 pounds 25p is $15.37, so I won't complain! (Sorry, don't know how to find a pound sign on my keyboard). Fran
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:54 am    Post subject: Well... Reply with quote

I think it would have been better to put it up several years ago but by a pound so that the increase was less of a jolt...£2.50 increase is a bit steep!  But, I suppose it could have been worse..

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had this email from the federation -


Increased fees for registration services at the General Register Office (England and Wales) and at Local Registration Services

We have received advanced notification of increased fees coming into force from 6 April for people ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the GRO.

The standard fee will rise from £7.00 to £9.25.  This is an increase of just over 32%.

The good news is that this new standard rate will also apply where the reference is not known or where the order is not placed online; representing a reduction in the fee.

Full details can be seen in the press release at http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/1569.htm.

The fee for all priority orders will become £23.40.  This represents a small increase from £23.00 where the order is made online quoting the reference.  Where no reference is known or where the order is not placed online there will be a reduction compared to the current fee.

The fee for a certificate issued by a Superintendent Registrar will increase from £7.00 to £9.00.  Details of other fees to be charged by the Local Registration Service are contained in the press release referred to above.

In the light of recent comments about additional administration fees being charged by some local offices, it is strange that the new fee of £9.00 is less than the new fee to be charged by the GRO.  I have heard from one Registration Service manager explaining the need for charging more than the current fee of £7.00.  He wrote “The arrangement of records at local offices is very different to those of GRO.  For instance the GRO ref is of no use. Similarly marriage certificate requests involve searching in each church - there are no centralized indexes. Many requests (often rambling) are accompanied by the usual (must be son of …) which means after an extensive search, we are unable to issue the certificate, and return the fee, despite considerable time being wasted.”

I suspect we have not heard the last about this.

Roger Lewry
(FFHS Archives Liaison)
exec.member.rl@ffhs.org.uk
2 March 2010


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