The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) annual registration fee is set to increase from £98.12 to £117.74
After 'careful consideration' the HCPC council yesterday agreed the proposals which if approved by the UK and Scottish parliaments, will come into effect on 1 February 2024.
CSP director of practice and development Ash James said: 'It is incredibly disappointing to see the HCPC have not listened to the overwhelming voice of those who contributed to their consultation.
'The majority of those who did, including myself, strongly opposed the 20 per cent rise in fees.
This rise, way over and above the rate of inflation, is a kick in the teeth for members currently facing the cost of living crisis, high levels of inflation and of course colleagues in the NHS who have been on strike.
Mr James and CSP chief executive Karen Middleton will be meeting the HCPC to discuss further.
The CSP answered the consultation through multiple channels including a letter to HCPC chief executive John Barwick, answering the survey and through the Allied Health Professions Federation.
HCPC Council chair Christine Elliott said: 'Council, which includes members who are registrants, and members from all UK nations, regretfully approved this essential and urgent uplift to fees.
'Council is deeply conscious of the serious cost of living pressures that registrants are contending with. The fee rise would go hand-in-hand with measures to mitigate the burden of the proposed increase. The HCPC is committed to providing excellent service at the lowest sustainable price.'
Frontline news story 15 December 2022 Proposed 20 per cent increase in HCPC registration fees unacceptable say CSP members
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