Scottish Lodgement Fee set to Rise
Elmhurst have been notified today that the Scottish Government have reviewed and concluded the ‘Consultation on funding of the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register’
As you know Elmhurst asked for feedback from our members and campaigned extremely hard on what we believed to be excessive price rises being proposed for lodging Energy Certificates into the national register.
The Scottish Government have stated:
“Consultation responses were generally in favour of proposals to maintain the funding of the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register via lodgement fee and to amend that fee. However, a range of comments were also received on both the increase in charge and the nature of the current register operations, expressing a desire for review and improvement.”
In summary they concluded:
“Accordingly, regulations will be laid to amend the statutory fees as proposed. These will provide a period of three months prior to introduction of change. In recognition of the range of comments made in respect of the operation and function of the register, a review of operations will be undertaken within two years and prior to any further change in lodgement fees.”
Summary Results of the Consultation:
- Scottish Government will amend the statutory fee for lodgements to £2.60 for domestic and £12.10 for non domestic assessments
- Subject to the laying of law these will be implemented on the 1st October 2017
- 3 months notice of any fee change (rise or fall).
- Avoid annual change in lodgement fee (where practical) except where fees are to be reduced
- Broader review required on Register provision and service levels
The Government also agree to Future reviews on the following:
- Review of the current register provision
- Future review of fees – seek a model that as far as possible does not rely upon an annual change of lodgement fees
- Publication of EPC data – continue to work towards publication of EPC data under the Open Data Strategy of Scottish Government as early as practical
Stuart Fairlie Technical Director of Elmhurst commented: “We are extremely disappointed to see the price rises being lined up for October. This consultation was too one sided and only looked at the revenues being generated by the register. With this in mind, we are pleased to see the Scottish Government respond to one of our point that a review of the Register in terms of costs and services provided is required.
We thank all our members who took the time to respond to us with their thoughts; we hope we expressed them through our response. We will continue to lobby and respond to any reviews that impact Energy Certificates and our members.”
Consultation Response Page: