Professional guardians who have five or more guardianship cases will no longer have all their accounts checked by the Office of the Public Guardian, under a new scheme announced today.
Instead of the traditional full annual account review on every case, the OPG will randomly sample a selection, and assuming the audits on these are "clean", will accept the remainder with a covering one page summary sheet only.
The OPG said this would "markedly improve the time taken for audit and thus for remuneration to be awarded".
A series of roadshows will be held for those afffected by the scheme, at which the Public Guardian will also discuss other significant changes on the horizon. Open to all professional guardians, these have been arranged for:
Dundee, Thursday 27 October, 10am-1pm
Aberdeen, Friday 28 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Edinburgh, Monday 31 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Glasgow, Tuesday 1 November, 1.30-4.30pm
Dumfries, Thursday 3 November, 1.30-4.30pm
All venues are to be confirmed.
Attendance is free but registration is required before 7 October, by emailing OPG@scotcourts.gov.uk – which can also be used for any other queries at this stage.