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Members face ballot on 4% subs hike

MEMBERS are to be balloted in June on whether to accept a 4% increase in subscription rates from 2002, Council heard this week.

Under its five year strategy the Institution plans to increase subscriptions by 1% above inflation over the period, to generate an extra £1M income.

Proposals will see subscriptions for retired members increase to 25% of the full members rate over two years.

Until recently most retired members paid no subscription at all. However, following abolition of the '50 year rule' in 2000 (NCE 7 October 1999), fees have risen to £30 this year, and a proposed £35 next, by the ICE.

The increase is considered to be a fair reflection of the service received by retired members.

Associate & Technician members also face increases of around £10 - more than double the 4% average - as part of a progression towards a simpler structure under single membership.

The extra income is needed to fund more local activities and to develop a number of technology driven initiatives, says finance director Ian Powney.

This includes around £110,000 a year for continued development of the ICE's global website in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an additional £200,000 for the MEMSYS project.

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