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ICE Council votes avert room charge row

ICE Council this week voted in favour of a revised set of proposals to minimise the impact of proposed associated society secretarial and room hire charges and calm the on-going row over subsidy levels.

Vice president Peter Hansford told Council that the increases proposed at December’s Council meeting should be reconsidered but that the societies should bear part of the cost burden.

The current 75% subsidy for secretarial services will now only be cut to 67% from 1 April 2010 rather than 50% as previously proposed. There will also now be no change in the cost of room hire. This subsidy had been proposed to be cut from 75% to 50%.

Council also agreed that there would be no decrease in subsidy in 2011 and any subsidies in 2012 and beyond will also now be reviewed − including the potential option of returning to 2009 subsidy level if and when ICE’s finances returned to previous levels.

“We have learned a great deal over the last few months and I believe that the associated societies have also,” said Hansford. “We will come away with a better relationship.”

Hansford estimated that the proposals would cost the ICE £40,000 to £50,000 of the originally anticipated £55,000 savings.

Council also agreed to look at transitional grants for associated societies in financial difficulty and to contribute to any international costs where activities align with the objectives of the ICE.

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