THE ICE is to use tough measures to ensure that members pay their subscriptions on time, after Council approved a new hard-line policy last month.
The new policy, effective from January, will see benefits immediately blocked for members who have not paid by the 1 January deadline. Bills will be sent out at the end of October, giving members just two months to pay.
'The Institution is a professional organisation, so our members should adopt a professional approach in paying their subscriptions, ' President Sir Joe Dwyer told Council.
After bills paid on time have been processed, non-payers will be identified and will no longer receive NCE, NCEI or Civil Engineering. Council also confirmed that back copies would not be supplied when eventual payment is made.
Other services to be withdrawn will include the right to attend meetings and conferences, a vital component of a members continuing professional development, and access to the library. Non-payers will not be allowed to vote in Council elections.
Council endorsed the new approach after it heard that this year the 11,000 subscriptions still outstanding in July left the Institution £1.2M short of funds (NCE 19 July).
To sweeten the pill, members who pay up by 15 December will be entered into a draw to be one of five members to have their subscription reimbursed.