mjr wrote:I'm uncomfortable with flat rate subscriptions while we have such inequality.
I think this is a fair point. Our criteria are strict and hence in many cases unjust. I am a pensioner but have a good occupational pension. My disposable income is higher than many people in work supporting children, mortgage and car. I'm an ex trustee of the British Humanist Association and treasurer of Leicester Secular Society. Both offer "low income" membership which is self defined (the BHA states "student/unwaged/etc. see https://humanism.org.uk/join-the-bha/#0. The BHA doesn't believe if suffers badly from free loaders. The increased fees from the retired who don't classify themselves as low income, compensates for those on a wage who classify themselves as low income.
In the case of Leicester Secular Society http://www.leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/docs/LSSMembershipApplication.pdf I know that everyone could justify their decision and members who can afford to are encouraged to make additional donations.
Bearing in mind the religious are allegedly more honest than us Humanists, changing the system shouldn't be a problem .
I think this is a matter that CTC Council should be giving serious consideration to.