ICE Council voted last week to increase subscription rates by £7, raising the annual fee for chartered Members to £264.
This represents a 2.72% increase, which is below inflation. The Consumer Price Index, government’s standard tool for measuring inflation, stood at 4.52% in June.
Council also agreed a larger 3.27% increase in fees paid by ICE Fellows, the £11 rise bringing their annual subscriptions up to £347.
Graduate and retired Member subscriptions will also see a rise in their annual rates by £4 and £2 respectively.
The increases will be effective from January 2012.
There will be no subscription increase for Technicians.
Although the ICE’s UK membership numbers are expected to remain relatively static, due to an increase in retired members and those seeking concessionary
subscriptions, income is still expected to fall.
Council meeting round up
ICE Council met at One Great George Street on 19 July.
- Council approved a decision to reduce the number of Council meetings each year from 5 to 3, with a new 2-day ‘annual strategy meeting’ (ASM) introduced. The proposal was passed by Council. The first ASM will be held on 13 December. Past president Paul Jowitt said of the move, “We’ve effectively reduced the number of Council meetings to 3 a year. There’s real dangers in terms of democratic accountability to membership.” However ICE agreed that the new ASMs will create an environment where “all points of view are heard and considered”.
- There was good news following the Council’s work with the Joint Board of Moderators to ensure that universities do not mislead students by overstating the accreditation level of their civil engineering degrees in their marketing materials. Council heard that the vast majority of universities have now amended their course literature and descriptions to reflect the correct status of their courses.
- Some attendees expressed concern at the results of a governance report which was presented to Council. The report, ‘Recruiting, Inducting and Developing Council Members’, suggested that skills gaps in council could be addressed by highlighting these gaps in Council member election literature. Concerns were voiced that this could influence votes. Bill Hewlett, ICE Vice President confirmed that there was no intention to affect the voting principles, and clarified “The intent is to ensure that voters are provided with the range of information needed to help them reach a fully informed decision.”
- Council were informed that one of the contractors JRE working on the 8SG site have filed for insolvency. The move is thought to have put construction on the £5.17M project slightly behind schedule, but Council was informed that ICE is working closely with contractor Kilby & Gayford to see how time may be recovered. It expects the building to be ready for the Spring 2012 move-in date as planned. It was also reported that this has had no impact on costs, which remain on track.