New charges for people ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the General Register Office have been announced by Registrar General James Hall. Starting Tuesday, 6 April 2010, the eight separate fees currently charged by the General Register Office (GRO) for ordering a certificate will be reduced to two - one for standard orders and one for the priority service. Basically, the charge of £7 is going up to £9.25.
The changes are the first for the GRO since 2003. In the announcement, Registrar General James Hall stated that the increases "will ensure that the costs of providing the service are recovered from fees and not subsidised by the taxpayer."
The full announcement is available at: http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/1569.htm
My thanks to the several people who sent me messages concerning the new announcement.