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Society subscription to go up by 50p a month

17 July, 2012
50 pence piece

The membership subscription for SCoR ordinary members will cost 50p a month more from 1 October 2012.  For other grades of membership, it will increase by 25p. There will be no change to the rates for retired members and students.

The unanimous decision for a 2.5 per cent uplift was taken by the organisation’s UK Council at the July meeting.

“All members of Council are well aware that members have not had a pay rise for some time and for that reason we did not increase subscription fees last year,” said the Society’s president, Jackie Hughes.

“However, costs are continuing to increase and it is important that the Society has the resources to maintain the services that members need.”

David Goulds, the director of finance, pointed out that, amongst other cost increases to develop member services, it is likely that professional indemnity insurance premiums will rise in 2013.

“In addition, there is an increasing reliance on NHS trusts in England to challenge member’s employment rights and across the UK there is more aggression from employers and insurers to fight personal injury claims for members,” he said.

“As we have seen the impact of the recession on public services, so too will the NHS look to save money at members’ expense and we need access to funds to protect member interest.

“However, members should remember that professional subscription fees are tax deductible. At the end of each tax year we do send a form to members that allows them to claim their subscription as a deduction against income tax,” he continued.

Richard Evans, the Society’s chief executive officer, commented that the Society’s membership fees were consistently the lowest of all the allied health professional bodies and trades unions.

The new subscription rates from 1 October are:
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