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RIBA subscription fees set to increase by 5.5 per cent

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The RIBA aims to raise subscription fees by an inflation-busting 5.5 per cent over the next year.

The increase, to be debated at next week's council meeting, is to pay for a 're-focusing' of the institute's activities and to fund a 3.5 per cent pay rise for staff.

When the council last met in July, members agreed that the finance committee could suggest a subscription rise of 2 to 5.5 per cent. The committee estimates that opting for the lower figure would lead to a sacrifice of £150,000.

'The finance committee did not consider it possible to produce a balanced budget with a lower subscription increase, ' say papers to be submitted to the council. '[A lower figure] would require a significant further reduction in services, at a time when the RIBA strategy is working towards a major refocusing of activities and increasing the benefits for members.'

Council is also to vote on a new 'graduate' membership category for post-Part 2 members working towards Part 3 (AJ 26.7.01).

Next month will see the first batch of mailshots to former RIBA members asking them why their membership has lapsed. The first report on the reasons for resignation will be issued next summer.

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