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Hardship hits 700 more RIBA members

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Around 5.8 per cent of RIBA members are now on reduced subscription rates due to hardship

This year 700 more RIBA members signed up for a reduced subscription meaning a total of 2,346 architects are now paying the discounted rate.

The sharp increase comes in the same year the institute increased its annual membership fee by 3.5 per cent to £383 following a four-year price freeze.

In September, the institute had 40,481 members down by 500 from 12 months earlier – according to a report delivered to RIBA Council this week by president elect Stephen Hodder.

Around 27,660 are chartered members, with 537 associate members and 682 affiliate members. The remaining members are students.

There are currently 845 architects claiming dole according to the latest NOMIS statistics. The figure – which has increased for the past three months – however fails to take account of architects unable to claim benefits and those forced to take up work in alternative fields.

The institute’s Future Trends Survey also recorded a three point drop in its staffing index in August.

In a statement, the RIBA said: ‘The RIBA is committed to supporting each and every member. The reduced subscription rate is just one measure the Institute has put in place to help members through difficult times.’

The concessionary rate is aimed people facing financial hardship and is eligible to those who are unemployed, on low income, taking maternity leave, studying or suffering from ill health.

Those on the lower subscription pay £74 annually compared to the £383 standard price. The rate will increase to £78 from next year.

To receive the discount, applicants must sign a declaration and enclose either a P45, P60, letter of redundancy, bank statement or other details as evidence.


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