The move to increase fees for retired Members raises the question of the fairness of ICE fees in general. Civil engineers are generally paid less than other engineering professions and yet we pay the highest institution membership fees.
The ICE - or the Engineering Council - should carry out an annual benchmarking exercise against other engineering institutions on fees and other key issues. Members can then compare and decide for themselves whether or not they are receiving 'value for money'.
At a time when the Institution of Highways and Transportation has applied to the Engineering Council for nominated body status (allowing its members to pursue chartered status), the ICE should be careful not to alienate its Members.
Paul Donnachie (M), 7 Lowther Road, Norwich NR4 6QN