Guidance for Running Local Optical Committees in England

LOCSU has developed a range of factsheets to support Local Optical Committees (LOCs) in a number of areas.

Advice on how manage your Local Optical Committee


The LOCSU levy paid by LOCs is 0.5% of the GOS sight test fees paid to contractors from 1 April 2016.

All payments to LOCSU should be accompanied by a completed levy payment form:

Adjusting your LOC Levy

A standard template has been introduced for LOC Treasurers to email NHS England when requesting to change the LOC’s statutory levy percentage.

The template below must be completed in full and emailed to the Ophthalmic Team at your NHS England regional office.

Information required includes:

  • the Total LOC levy % to be deducted (including LOCSU %),
  • confirmation of whether the LOCSU levy should be paid direct by PCSE, and
  • the date you want the change to take effect from.

LOC Levy Alteration Request Form (May 2018)

Once NHS England have approved the request for change, they will instruct PCSE to update the Ophthalmic Payments System accordingly so that the levy percentage collected is in line with your request.

PCSE will notify you once the Ophthalmic Payments System has been updated.

Please note the new process is effective immediately.

If you have any questions regarding the process or have any difficulty getting a change approved and any other Levy issues, please contact for assistance.

New Officer Support

LOCSU offer an online Induction training to all new officers, and to those seeking to refresh their knowledge. Please click on the link and it will take you to the training. Any questions, please email

Treasurers Resources  

LOCSU offer online Treasurers training focused on the role and responsibilities of LOC Treasurers. Any questions, please email

Contact us

Dates for the diary

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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