You might remember some time back that there was a consultation on a proposal to reduce expert fees further from the drastic cuts brought into play in October 2011 (I say consultation, what I mean of course is, breaking the news to experts that this was definitely going to happen and giving them a few months notice whilst pretending that no decisions had yet been made)
As ever with a Government agency, finding the document that actually publishes the new rates is a forensic ferreting exercise all of its own, but this is it, below
These rates now come in to all cases with a start date after December 2013 (so it is worth knowing that an expert who is INSTRUCTED in January 2014, might get paid at the old rates if the CASE itself started before December 2013. If you’re an expert, that might well be a question worth asking)
Picking out the ones most common in care proceedings (these are non-London rates, some of the London ones are slightly different)
[When I say 2011 rate, that was the rate from Oct 2011 until April 2013, when there was an interim cut]
Child psychiatrist now £108 per hour [the rate in 2011 was £135]
Child psychologist £100.80 per hour [the rate in 2011 was £126]
DNA testing £252 for the sample and testing, £72 for the report [2011 was £315 and £90]
Interpreter £28 per hour [2011 was £32]
Neurologist £122.40 per hour [2011 was £153]
Paediatrician £108 per hour [2011 was £135]
Psychiatrist £108 per hour [2011 was £135]
Psychologist £93.60 per hour [2011 was £117]
Risk assessment expert £50.40 per hour [2011 was £63]
If you imagine a ballpark of the costs having been cut by 33% in two years (having already been cut down extensively in the 2011 changes) you’d be about right.
The new guidance is silent on social work costs, which have historically been at £30 per hour. Let’s take that to mean that ISWs can still be paid at £30 an hour, which is good news, because applying the 33% cut given to other experts would mean ISWs working at £20 an hour, and there really would be none left at that rate.