DFPNI raise lodgement prices for Northern Ireland
The Department of Finance and Personal in Northern Ireland (DFPNI) have today informed Elmhurst that they are increasing the lodgement fees for domestic and non domestic lodgements for the Northern Ireland Register. The fees will be the same as for England and Wales lodgements. (See news article released 18/03)
The statutory lodgement fees for lodging data onto the Landmark Register are up by up to 63%! Not only this, but the revised fees are set to begin on the 6th April 2016, giving just 7 working days to implement the change.
In the letter DFPNI indicate:
“Northern Ireland, England and Wales have a joint contract with the Register Keeper and have applied the same fee for lodging documents on the Registers.
A review of lodgement fees has concluded that, due to a change in the actual and projected level of lodgements of energy certificates onto the Registers, lodgement fees should be amended accordingly.
Therefore, the fees in Northern Ireland, in line with England and Wales, for lodging documents on the Registers have been amended:
from £1.27 to £2.07 for a domestic lodgement
the fees for lodgement of nondomestic EPCs, Display Energy Certificates and Air Conditioning Reports have been amended from £11.66 to £12.82.”
Elmhurst again wishes to express its concern at this increase and will protest this matter with DFPNI on our members’ behalf. Not only are the increases to fees extremely excessive, the notice period given is considerably short and will not allow members sufficient time to update processes, amend prices and apply these to ongoing contracts.
Elmhurst does not believe these rate changes are in line with any normal inflationary increases.
On behalf of all our members we at Elmhurst Energy will continue to express our views to DFPNI on this exceptional price hike and we will provide a further update to members once a response is received. We continue to back the energy assessment industry and these type of events are neither helpful nor useful to our members and ultimately their customers.