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Antony Oliver's Comment (NCE 11 March) talked of a back-tobasics approach that might show us another way to solve the Institution's declining membership problem.

I acknowledge that the Council believes it is working in the best interests of its Members. I also understand that the new five year business plan features decentralisation.

But my perception is that many members feel the 30% increase in subscription will only be used to administer the bureaucracy the ICE has created, not to solve the basic issues.

Surely Council is at risk of alienating itself from its members by implementing these proposals without a ballot - which, in any case, appears to be contrary to the By-Laws.

Historically, the response on ballots has been low - maybe a vast majority of the voting members already feel too remote from the processes to be inclined to vote. However, I am sure that many care about the Institution's future.

Perhaps we should consult a sample of members with simple questions about their views on the way forward and present the findings to all.

Paul Cartledge (M), 124 Harvest Fields Way, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 5TJ

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