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MLR price increase


 

Hi All

I just got an email from HMRC to say that the annual MLR fee is going to be increased from £115 to £130 from the 1st Dec, also they are introducing an approvals test which will cost £40 starting from the 1st Nov (a one off fee), the email was not vey clear about this new test so I gave them a ring to see how to go about doing it and was told that I will not need to do the test until I do my annual renewal which for me is not until April 2018.

Just wanted you to be aware just in case you do not get an email that if you renew after 1st Dec then you will have to pay £170!!

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Someone needs to tell HMRC that inflation isn't running at 11.5%!

£40 to check whether a person has an unspent conviction?  Someone's having a giraffe.



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Hi Doug
Thanks, on behalf of everyone on the site, for the heads up.

Hi John
When are you starting the petition?

Its just a money making exercise ......AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi Doug (& fellow Inmates) I renewed in January at the increased fee. I hadn't heard about the approvals test charge and I wasn't asked for it. I was already shaking my fists at the price rise and the amount of time the new application took so would have been really hacked off if they'd been extra charges!!

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Hi Doug (& fellow Inmates) I renewed in January at the increased fee. I hadn't heard about the approvals test charge and I wasn't asked for it. I was already shaking my fists at the price rise and the amount of time the new application took so would have been really hacked off if they'd been extra charges!!


 Hi Janet

Did you not receive an email about the new approvals test? 

Ive still got the email and just had another read and it does say the charge will only be for businesses not previously subject to fit and proper testing (which means me) did you do a fit and proper test before? maybe this is why, if not and they have not asked for you to do the approvals test then Happy days.

Has anyone else had to pay for this new test? 

I do not need to renew until April so will find out then

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Hi Doug I don't think HMRC are taking the approval process fee straight away at the moment, but will let you know when, so you can then log in and pay for it.  However it looks like Janet has received her renewal, so she's possibly not been charged the fee.  Well done Janet if that's the case.



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Hi Doug & John

I've just checked my account and it's still 'decision pending' so maybe they'll catch up with me but I didn't get an email...obviously don't like me :(

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When did you re-register Janet?  It's supposed to take about 45 days, but I read on aweb yesterday that one guy had been waiting 3 months, which is frankly ridiculous.



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32 days ago John so I've got a bit longer to wait which ever timeline they're working to ð

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I renewed today and they only took the £130 for this and not the approval fee, does say it can take up to 45 days to be accepted but I suspect it is as John said that they will charge you after.

Hi Janet, have you had your renewal confirmed yet?



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Have I asked this before Doug? How come you aren't licenced via the AAT?

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Cheshire wrote:

Have I asked this before Doug? How come you aren't licenced via the AAT?


 Hi Joanne

I never applied to become a member after passing Level 4, was never really concerned about having the letters after my name



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Hi everyone

I got an email from HMRC today (my MLR registration is due for renewal on 1st July).

I'm a bit confused by it as it tells me to log on to my MLR account and update my information to make
sure all persons are recorded (there's only me!). So I logged on, but there seemed to be no way
of telling them that I had checked everything and there was no update necessary (none of the info
has changed since I first registered). And even if I had updated anything, I couldn't see how to
"save and submit the update" as per their instructions.

As I understand it, HMRC will check the info given and then send me a bill for £40 (marvellous - more expense!)
and then carry out the approvals test.

Just not sure it will happen as they suggest it should!

I rang the MLR helpline and was told to click the button on the website asking for help and someone will
contact me. Not holding my breath for that one!

Has anyone else had this email and successfully updated?

Eunice

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Hi Eunice

I got the same email, however I have already applied for renewal on 12th April and my account is still showing Decision Pending, I am the same as you and work alone, from what I gathered when I filled in the renewal the approval test fees will be taken at a later date.

Maybe you can only submit an update if you make a change to the responsible persons section (only a guess)

 



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Bucks Bodger wrote:

Hi everyone

I got an email from HMRC today (my MLR registration is due for renewal on 1st July).

I'm a bit confused by it as it tells me to log on to my MLR account and update my information to make
sure all persons are recorded (there's only me!). So I logged on, but there seemed to be no way
of telling them that I had checked everything and there was no update necessary (none of the info
has changed since I first registered). And even if I had updated anything, I couldn't see how to
"save and submit the update" as per their instructions.

As I understand it, HMRC will check the info given and then send me a bill for £40 (marvellous - more expense!)
and then carry out the approvals test.

Just not sure it will happen as they suggest it should!

I rang the MLR helpline and was told to click the button on the website asking for help and someone will
contact me. Not holding my breath for that one!

Has anyone else had this email and successfully updated?

Eunice


 Hi Eunice/Doug

I got this email yesterday too.  I applied for my renewal on 12th Jan - I paid the £130 fee but didn't know anything about the £40 fee and it never came up while I was completing it.  I contacted them after 45 days to ask why the decision was 'still pending' and the reply was 'it can take up to 45 days to complete'!!!!  I was rather aggravated by this...but now I'm raging!!!

I've just been in to the account (why did we have to have a separate account for this?!) The only thing I could see to do was to review/update each section.  I don't remember the section asking about previous supervision (poor memory for some things).  It said it wasn't completed so I entered required details and now it says I have to pay £130 again!!!  I don't bloomin well think so disbelief  How could I have got to the stage of paying the fee in January If I hadn't completed the application completely!!! And no mention of the £40 fee!

Sorry for all the !!! marks.  Needed to get that off my chest

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Hi Janet

Read your post so I went into my account and the same thing happened to me, this NEW supervision section had suddenly appeared and when I filled it in they wanted to charge because I had made changes even though my main screen says the application was complete, so left them an email but don't suppose I will get a reply, will try and phone them tomorrow and let you know the outcome.

 

Edit to add   

Just noticed as well that my application submission date has changed from 12th April to the 22nd May because I went into it, they really are having a laugh!!!  



-- Edited by Artois on Tuesday 22nd of May 2018 08:55:20 PM

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Artois wrote:

 

Hi Janet

Read your post so I went into my account and the same thing happened to me, this NEW supervision section had suddenly appeared and when I filled it in they wanted to charge because I had made changes even though my main screen says the application was complete, so left them an email but don't suppose I will get a reply, will try and phone them tomorrow and let you know the outcome.

 

Edit to add   

Just noticed as well that my application submission date has changed from 12th April to the 22nd May because I went into it, they really are having a laugh!!!  



-- Edited by Artois on Tuesday 22nd of May 2018 08:55:20 PM


 My date changed to 22nd too!  I didn't email as I was too hacked off but will contact them later (probably Thurs).  Will be interested to hear what they say to you.

My original application had said still pending...that's a long time to make a decision seeing as the money went out of my account on 12th Jan!

Cheers



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Hi Janet

Phoned them this morning and explained what had happened and was told that the email sent out by HMRC was a generic one for all the people that they supervise, I know us two and Eunice have received them but would be interested to hear if others have received them and what they have done, I did check last night on the website and I am still showing on the HMRC supervision list.

I was told that as long as my status screen is showing pending then the application is still being renewed and if there was anything else they needed then they would be back in contact, they did say that my payment was not showing against my account but that could be an error on their part, I told her I had all the payment details and reference number and she told me to email them and they will get it sorted, on the 45 days that they quote apparently this is for new applications and renewals can take longer but no time limit.

I also received a reply to last nights email and I have sent them a screenshot of my status page to see what they have to say, so will wait and see.

So it seems that the application is still pending and no further fees are required from what I have been told.

Might still be worth giving them a ring as I have found with HMRC that you get conflicting answers depending on who you speak to.



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