What we Do
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has a range of functions under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act.
The OPG provides information advice and guidance with regard to Powers of Attorney; Access to Funds; Guardianship and Intervention Orders; and investigations.
The OPG also maintains a Public Register of all continuing powers of attorneys, and welfare powers of attorney drawn up after April 2001, all withdrawers appointed under the access to funds scheme and all guardians and interveners appointed by the courts after April 2002
The OPG investigates concerns where the property or financial affairs of an adult seem to be at risk.
The OPG supervises the actions of withdrawers appointed under the access to funds scheme.
The OPG also supervises all financial guardians and monitors the actions of financial interveners appointed by the courts. As part of this supervision a financial guardian may be required to provide the OPG with a Management Plan, Inventory of Estate and an annual accounting.
There are many partners and other professionals involved in working with each procedure of the Act. We understand that occasions may arise where customers are dissatisfied with the level of service provided to them in the lead up to an appointment being granted. We recognise that it may not always be clear to customers who to hold accountable if issues should arise.
The Public Guardian has considered this and suggests that if customers are unclear about who to contact, they may wish to contact this office in the first instance. If we are accountable we will deal with the issue and if we are not we will advise customers of the relevant organisation or person and how to contact them. Click here for more information.