Issue 20, May 2014
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Developing our illegal practice strategy

We are developing a new strategy to deal with illegal practices such as misuse of a protected title and illegal online contact lens sales. This includes measures such as raising awareness and developing a code of practice for online sales. GOC Director of Policy and Communication, Alistair Bridge, explains more and highlights why collaboration is the key to success.

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Registrants reminded to claim tax relief on fees

If you are a fully-qualified registrant and a UK taxpayer you may be able to claim tax relief on your registration fees. You may also be able to claim a rebate for tax relief you did not claim during the last four years.
 

If you are a basic rate UK taxpayer this means you are eligible for tax relief of £58 on this year’s full registration fee. For more information on how to claim tax relief and the time limits for claiming a rebate for previous years, visit the HMRC website.
 

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Macular Society services free for professionals and patients

The Macular Society explains the services it offers to both professionals and patients as the incidence of AMD rises in the UK.

 

The Society has a range of high-quality patient information including leaflets on all aspects of macular disease, Amsler grids and DVDs. These are available, free, to eye care professionals and their patients. Leaflets can be ordered by email, via the website or via a smartphone app.
  

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Samantha Peters speech on Law Commissions' Bill

On 13 May GOC Chief Executive and Registrar Samantha Peters spoke to the Optical Confederation conference about the UK Law Commissions' Bill.


The Bill is intended to replace the Opticians Act and the equivalent legislation of other regulators.

 

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News in brief

News from Council

 

The latest news from Council is available online. Highlights include our financial report for 2013/14.

 

Last year we achieved a surplus of £379,000 against a budget of £6 million. The biggest contribution to the surplus was a rebate of business rates from Westminster City Council after we were awarded charitable status. This was a one-off receipt of £282,000.

 

GOC at Optometry Tomorrow and Optrafair London

 

Thank you to everyone who came to speak to us at Optometry Tomorrow in York and at Optrafair London.

 

We spoke to registrants about a range of issues, including CET, our new Fitness to Practice Rules and our illegal practice strategy consultation.

 

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