ICE MEMBERS have voted to accept a 15% rise in subscriptions for 2006. The motion was carried by 56.6% in favour with 43.4% against.
The result will see subs for ICE members climb from £183 a year to £210 from 1 January, as agreed by Council in March. The rise will primarily fund its ambitious five year business plan.
ICE President Colin Clinton described the result as a 'good day for the ICE'. 'Real change is now a possibility, ' he said.
'This is a fi m mandate from the membership. We have the capacity to make things happen.' But he warned Council:
'There is a tremendous responsibility. It will be the delivery that members will judge us on.' The ballot drew one of the highest turnouts in recent times with 19,402 of the 50,352 eligible ICE members voting.
ICE director general Tom Foulkes described the ballot as a 'severe test' of whether the ICE membership supported plans to revitalise the Institution. 'This ballot tells us that the members not only support the plans but are prepared to pay for them.' The rises will allow the ICE to press ahead with a range of measures under its revitalisation plan. This will start with recruitment of managers to complete the roll out of support teams across the regions.
Under the proposals agreed by Council in March, and confirmed by the ballot, ICE Fellows and graduates will also see subs rise by 15% over the next three years.
But students on non-accredited degree courses will now be offered free membership.
Retired members will be given a free subscription to NCE but will see their 2006 subs rise from £40 to £50.
The ICE business plan assumes the 2006 rise will be followed by another of £19 (9%) in 2007 and £10 (4.5%) in 2008.
Any further rises will have to be confirmed by Council.