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No room for complacency

Letters

I would like to see retired members invited by the ICE to express a view on the proposal to raise their subscriptions (NCE 9 March).

It is complacent to assume that a further £340 000 could be raised from retired members, because not all would stay on. Our ICE membership is not the only subscription we pay. We may prefer, if there is a choice to be made, to assign a higher priority to our subscription to the county cricket club, the golf club, various philatelic and historical societies, The National Trust and/or The Ramblers.

Some members do choose to work after retirement and the ICE has correctly set an earnings limit to qualify for the reduced rate. But what the Institution has not apparently taken into account is that some engineers are 'compulsorily retired' in their fifties.

Do not be complacent. Follow the maxim drilled into me as an articled pupil: 'If ye dinna know, ask!'

David Turner (M), Southside, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham DL5 7JE

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