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GOC reduces retention fee for 2011-12

25 Nov 2010

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The GOC today announces that the retention fees for 2011-12 will be £270 for all fully-qualified registrants and bodies corporate. Subject to unforeseen circumstances, we intend to hold retention fees level for a period of three years, based on a lower budget forecast. This plan means we will be absorbing inflationary rises, the increase in VAT, and the forthcoming CHRE levy (based on current projections).

Anna Bradley, GOC Chair, said: “We have listened specifically to our registrants and their professional bodies, and are also introducing a low income fee of £170 for registrants whose income is less than £12,000. We believe it’s critical in these difficult economic times to encourage highly professional dispensing opticians to stay on the registers, and this underlines our commitment to protecting the public.”

The last two years have been expensive for the GOC, and in the current economic climate we are particularly mindful about reducing costs and passing these savings on to our registrants.

Alongside a continual focus on cost savings, we have been improving our performance, recognised and commended by the CHRE. Our invest to save schemes are beginning to bear fruit: the first phase of our organisational restructure has taken place, and our online retention system is about to go live. We are now in a position to take forward a longer-term plan which will create a stable and resilient organisation.

Satjit Singh, Chief Executive and Registrar, commented: “We have taken the initiative, scrutinised costs, and made some bold decisions which will benefit registrants whilst continuing to promote good eye care. “

ENDS
For further information please contact:
Liz Carr
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: lcarr@optical.org

About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.
 

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