GOC cuts retention fee
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GOC cuts retention fee

CET webLast week we announced that we will be cutting our retention fee for the second year in a row.

Optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses will all pay £260 to register for 2012-13, while the fee for low income earners has also been cut to £160 and the student fee will remain £20.

This means that our fees have been cut in real terms by 32%.

GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, Samantha Peters was positive about our ability to continue a ‘downward pressure’ on the fee in future years: “The reduction in fees for next year is a sign of our ongoing commitment to increasing our efficiency as a regulator, whilst ensuring public protection.

She continued: “Through cost cutting and making savings across the organisation, in an extremely tough financial climate we are able to reduce fees, whilst absorbing additional costs – rather than passing them onto our registrants.”

The £10 reduction to 2012-13 registration fees coincides with the anticipated introduction of a financial levy, applicable to all UK healthcare regulators, to fund the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE). The GOC will absorb the impact of this levy, in addition to inflation and associated cost increases.

The new fee level will apply to all registrants renewing or joining the registers for the first time, for the retention year 2012-13. Retention reminders will be sent out to all registrants in December, and the deadline for renewing GOC registration is 15 March 2012. Registrants can renew and pay their fee online, by logging into the MyGOC section of our website from 3 January 2012.


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