Running A LOC

Committee Membership

The committee must have a minimum of six elected members and should be made up of equal numbers of local contractors and performers. Up to three members may be co-opted to achieve the exact balance between local contractors and performers. LOCSU recommends that at least one local dispensing optician who is not a contractor is properly included in their membership.

LOC Officers, such as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are elected through the committee. Observers such as optometric advisors should be invited and encouraged to attend LOC meetings, if only for part of the agenda.


A committee’s expenses should be met by means of a statutory levy on the GOS sight test fees payable to local contractors. The committee’s proposed expenses should be incorporated in the annual budget or business plan, which needs to be agreed at the AGM. The LOC should notify their local NHS England team of any budget and levy changes.

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LOC Resources

In this section of the website, we provide a range of publicity resources created by LOCSU Communications that can be adapted by LOCs for local use.

LOC Websites

Most LOCs have their own website which provide email contacts for the committee, details of LOC meetings including the AGM and CET events.