AOP fee reduction for members amidst coronavirus crisis

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6 April 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) Board announce a 20% reduction in membership fees for UK practising members, which is the equivalent of two monthly direct debit payments.

The fee reduction is designed to provide immediate financial support to members during the coronavirus crisis. The scheme will be rolled out automatically and there is no action needed by members to benefit.

AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman said: “The AOP Board is acutely aware of the cashflow difficulties many of our members are having at this unprecedented time. We are keen to do all that we can to support our members which is why we have taken this step with immediate effect.

“We hope it will go in some way to alleviate the financial strain members are currently facing and that it also encourages other optical bodies to consider how they may further reduce the burden on practitioners.”

Ms Alderman also reminded members that support via the Optical Benevolent Fund might be available to them for additional help during this time.

The fee reduction will be a significant cost to the AOP using a large portion of its reserves. The full details on what it will mean for upcoming payments is available on the AOP website, http://www.aop.org.uk/feereduction. The reduction does not apply to the AOP Career Break grade.

The fee reduction is in addition to all other areas of support the AOP is currently providing in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance and resources to assist members through legal, employment and practical issues. Visit the AOP website for the latest information, http://www.aop.org.uk/COVID-19.

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