How we are funded
The Statutory Levy. . .
All LMCS are funded by a statutory levy. This amount is collected from practices and is based on an amount per patient. This is reviewed yearly and set by the LLR LMC. It is currently set at 42p.
This money funds the office and LMC board members. It also funds board members representing general practice with the CCG, Local Authorities, NHS England and other bodies from time to time.
The National Levy. . .
In addition to the statutory levy, the LMC also collects a national levy. This is a separate levy which is collected to fund the National Negotiating Committee (GPC) and the GP Defence Fund (GPDF) and supports national negotiations regarding General Practice.
This rate is set by the GPDF and is also based on an amount per patient. It is currently set at 6p
A brief guide to the General Practitioners Defence Fund Levy...
The General Practitioners Defence Fund continues the work of the fund established in 1911 to support General Practitioners’ negotiations with the Government. The Fund is presently established as a company limited by guarantee, the members being the voting members of the GPC. The main expenditure of the fund is supporting the GPs, who work for the GPC, and its national subcommittees in Wales and Scotland and who need to take time out of their medical practice, and the Annual Conference of LMCs. The Annual Conference provides the principal channel of accountability between the GPDF/GPC and LMCs. The fund also supports legal, accounting and other professional advice and, where required, contributes to the cost of legal challenges which are deemed of national importance. The GPDF works closely with the BMA, but it is not, unlike the BMA, registered as a Trade Union.