GOC freezes registration fee
General Optical Council eBulletin issue 14
January 2013

 GOC freezes registration fee

We have frozen our annual retention fee at £260 this year, making it the third consecutive reduction in real terms.

For optometrists, this represents a real-terms reduction of 27% since April 2010 following cuts in the previous two years.

Our new CET IT system, including bringing telephone support in-house, has produced savings for next year. Also we recently attained charitable status, which will allow us to make various cost savings across the business.

Meanwhile, we are absorbing the costs of scheduling more FTP hearings without passing the cost on to registrants. The increased number of hearing dates will help with our efforts to speed up the fitness to practice process.

Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar said: “When setting our fees we ensure that we remain sufficiently resourced to fulfil our regulatory functions and keep protecting the public while minimising the burden on registrants.”

We have also frozen the fee for registrants on low incomes – however, they must apply for the reduced rate by the end of the week (1 February).

The low income fee is for registrants earning less than £12,000 a year and will remain at £160. To be entitled to the low income fee, registrants must meet the earnings criteria and return the appropriate form – available here.

The fee for students, who will be able to renew their registration from April, remains at £20.

Samantha Peters added: “Over the coming year we will continue to look for ways to make efficiency savings while fulfilling our duty to protect the public.”



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