The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on proposals to increase the registration fees it charges. In the consultation, it proposes to increase the renewal fee from £90 to £106 per year, with a similar level of increases to the other fees the HCPC charges.
The increases are needed to support a new strategic focus of promoting professionalism and preventing fitness to practise issues from arising. It also needs to continue to invest in the services the HCPC offers to registrants.
As an independent regulator, the HCPC is self-financing with operating costs funded entirely by the professionals on the register. It does not receive any regular funding from the government, and does not hold large reserves.
Marc Seale (HCPC Chief Executive and Registrar) said: “The revenue we generate from our registrant fees will ensure we can significantly increase our efforts towards preventing problems rather than taking action afterwards. It will also enable us to provide up-to-date services through the use innovation and technology.
“The consultation sets out where registrants’ fees are spent and why the increases are needed. It highlights how these increases compare to existing fees and provides information on our financial performance, including the efficiencies we have already made. It also shows how the proposed increases compare with other regulators.”
The consultation will close on Friday, 14 December 2018.