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Social workers could be forced to pay double to keep their places on register

24 Nov 11 - 11:12AM  | Residential and Community

Under new regulations, social workers in England may be forced to pay double to keep their place on the social work register.

That's because in July 2012, the responsibility moves from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to the Health Professions Council (HPC), which has confirmed that it is planning to charge more than twice as much as the GSCC.

Responding to the news, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has warned that this will see an overlap in dates for some social workers who have to renew their registration before the transfer, meaning some will be forced to pay twice for the same service.

Ruth Cartwright, BASW England manager, commented: "Social workers are already seeing registration fees doubling because of the move to the HPC, and now they face paying twice to undergo the same administrative process."

The sense of disgruntlement among social care workers is compounded by the fact that they have suffered from years of pay cuts and pay freezes. 

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