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Consultation on the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) Level for 2015
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Start Date: 
30/06/2014
End Date: 
04/09/2014
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Summary:
<p><span>This
consultation is about the level of the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) that we
intend to charge registrants in 2015.</span></p>

Background:
<p>​<span>The
GDC&#39;s primary source of income is fees from registrants. We do not receive
funding from the taxpayer and we must use the fee income that we receive to
fund all of the activities which Parliament has stated we must deliver.</span></p>

<div><span>The
current fee level for dentists is £576 and for DCPs is £120. We have not
increased the ARF for 4 years.</span></div>

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<div><span>Since
2010 when we last increased the ARF there has been a 110% increase in the
number of complaints from patients and members of the public, employers, other
registrants and the police about GDC registrants. As a result, we need
additional funds to investigate these complaints and where necessary to bring
Fitness to Practise cases involving dentists and DCPs. If we do not have
sufficient funds to bring these cases we would fail in our duty to protect
patients and the public. This would also mean that the public would lose
confidence in dental professionals.</span></div>

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<div><span>In
total we estimate we will need to collect an extra </span><span>£18.0 million </span><span>in fee income to allow us to deal with the extra volume of
complaints and Fitness to Practise hearings that we anticipate in 2014 and
2015. This will be collected partly in 2015, with the balance in 2016 as set
out in Table 6, later in this document. This means that the ARF level for dentists
will need to increase to £945 a year and for DCPs to £128: a 64% and a 6.7%
increase respectively. This fee is deductible for the purposes of income tax,
for all UK-based registrants.</span></div>

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<div><span>This
consultation will set out in more detail why this fee increase is necessary and
how the fee levels have been calculated. It seeks views from registrants about
this fee increase and whether we have adequately explained why a fee increase
is necessary.</span></div>

How to respond:
<p>​This consultation closed on 4 September 2014. </p>
<p>Please read the <a href="/GDCcalendar/Documents/Consultation%20on%20the%20Annual%20Retention%20Fee%20(ARF)%20level%20for%202015.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/pdf16.gif" alt=""/>consultation document</a>. </p>
Find out more:
<p>This consultation closed on 4 September 2014.</p>
<p><a href="/GDCcalendar/Documents/Consultation%20on%20the%20Annual%20Retention%20Fee%20(ARF)%20level%20for%202015.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/pdf16.gif" alt=""/>Consultation on the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) level for 2015</a></p>
<p>​<a href="/GDCcalendar/Documents/ARF%20Key%20facts.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/pdf16.gif" alt=""/>ARF Key facts</a></p>
<p><a href="/GDCcalendar/Documents/GDC%20statement%20following%20the%20consultation%20on%20the%20Annual%20Retention%20Fee%20Policy.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/pdf16.gif" alt=""/>GDC statement following the consultation on the Annual Retention Fee Policy </a></p>
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