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Counting the cost of raising fees


I was disturbed to see that the ICE Council is proposing to ramp up the subscription for retired members (NCE 9 March).

The salaries of civil engineers are relatively low and this is reflected in lower than average pensions. Retired members will therefore balk at any increases in fees other than that in line with inflation.

The ICE should carry out a cost benefit study of its activities. It should also undertake a membership survey to ask whether we need to continue providing certain services and to find out the level of usage of services provided.

The ICE cannot continue to rely on members paying fee increases consistently above inflation. It needs to cut its cloth to measure up against members' willingness to pay for minimum core services. Non core services should be costed separately and paid for by those using them.

L J Chrimes (M), Calypso, 84 Westfields, St Stephens, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4LZ

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