BADN Responds to ARF Reduction

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BADN urges GDC to further lower ARF for dental nurses

BADN welcomes the very slight reduction by the GDC in the Annual Retention Fee for dental nurses of £2 per year, for the next three years.

However, BADN still strongly believes that £114 per year is an excessive amount for dental nurses – many of them earning only Minimum Wage and often only working part time – particularly in view of the fact that the majority also have to pay for their own indemnity cover, and their CPD costs (which are still not tax-allowable for employees).

BADN continues to urge the GDC to further lower the ARF for dental nurses, the lowest paid members of the dental team, instead of banding them with hygienists and therapists, who receive much higher salaries; and to consider a lower rate for all registrants who work part-time.

BADN also urges the GDC, and other dental associations, to lobby HMRC for tax relief on CPD costs for all members of the dental team. Dental nurses who are BADN members may obtain indemnity cover at preferential member rates; and can also access free CPD in the quarterly digital “British Dental Nurses’ Journal” via the link in the members’ area of the website.

BADN membership costs £50 per year (£44 for part-time workers) and also offers free legal and counselling telephone helplines, discounted rates at the National Dental Nursing Conference and other BADN events, members’ area of the BADN website with information and advice; as well as BADN Rewards – a range of money saving discounts and special offers which can save members up to £609.36* a year on home/car/travel/life insurance.

BADN Rewards can also save money on holidays/hotels/flights/travel, eating out, family days out, cinema visits, gyms, eye tests, magazine subscriptions, spa visits, Apple products, energy suppliers, cars/car servicing/breakdown cover, and high street shopping. For more information, visit www.badn.org.uk.

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