The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is proposing to raise its registration fees for social workers by 12.5%, less than a year after the last increase.
The proposal would see registration fees rise from £80 to £90.
The HCPC consultation on the proposed increase follows the government’s decision to make regulators foot the bill for the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
The HCPC said this decision represented a substantial increase to its costs, and since the regulator derives all of its funding from registrants’ fees, it had no choice but to look into raising them.
The fees charged to regulatory bodies to fund the PSA are calculated based on registrant numbers.
The PSA’s role is to oversee regulators’ decisions. It is designed to protect service users and will only intervene in judgments seen as unduly lenient, not unduly harsh.
HCPC chief executive Marc Seale said: “We are disappointed by the decision because we believe it has a disproportionate impact on our registrants and the fees they pay.
“We anticipate that the PSA funding will initially amount to approximately £1m per annum based on current registration numbers.”
The consultation will run until 6 May and if the proposals are accepted, the higher fees will come into place from August. Existing registrants won’t have to pay the new higher fee until autumn 2016.