ASSOCIATED SOCIETIES are to be encouraged to look at ways of reducing their ICE subsidy, Council was told last month.
In a report from finance director Ian Powney it was revealed that of an annual cost of over £360,000, the societies contribute less than £60,000.
Suggestions include a review of the outputs from the societies, the introduction of charges for the use of ICE facilities and increased contributions to the ICE. The possibility of introducing a grade of membership to the ICE for non-ICE society members was also discussed.
The Institution actively supports 14 societies, which enables the ICE to control a 'diverse and learned society across all aspects of civil engineering'. Of 7000, members, more than half are non-ICE members, providing a wider audience for the ICE.
The benefits to the ICE mean that the principle of an annual subsidy is not an issue, says Powney, but it has been agreed that the costs to the ICE should be made more transparent.