GOC gains charitable status
General Optical Council eBulletin issue 15
Spring 2013

GOC gains charitable status 


The GOC has recently been awarded charitable status.

This will help us to save money and reduce organisational costs as part of our continued drive to improve our efficiency and effectiveness.

Charitable status will help us cut costs in a number of areas, including lower VAT on fuel and lower costs for IT equipment, recruitment and training.

Josie Lloyd, GOC Director of Resources said: “The Charity Commission’s recent decision to award the GOC charitable status recognises the public benefit of optical regulation.

“It enables us to save money in a number of areas. It is one contributory factor in us being able to freeze registration fees this year.”

GOC registration fees were frozen at £260 this year - the third consecutive reduction in real terms.

Charitable status has not required any fundamental change to our public protection mission or to the way in which we operate. Of other healthcare regulators, the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are also charities.

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