mjr wrote:JohnW wrote:..........Yes but viewtopic.php?f=48&t=78803&p=839011#p839011 or in other words, high cost and low benefit to me............. I do take an interest in CTC.
then why not pay your subs like the rest of us do?
gaz wrote:Rest of "us"?
Much of the CTC website and all of the CTC Forum is freely available to members and non-members alike, many of "us" aren't paying any subs to participate or simply take an interest.
thirdcrank wrote:The wonderful thing about charities is that the altruism of the members extends the benefits to everybody. You don't have to be a paid-up supporter of the RNLI to be rescued by one of its lifeboats.
(That altruism is augmented by a generous tax treatment for which we all pay.)
JohnW wrote:He still uses the facility that we (members) pay for though - and please don't misinterpret that, I know that's partly what the forum is for, but a high level of expressed 'interest' and a frequency of making comments surely justifies a suggestion that a person would be as well to join and contribute.
Si wrote:We don't have a flat rate do we? Least ways we didn't last time I paid subs which was years ago. Back then it was something like a choice between standard, retired, unwaged, professional, affiliate, and possibly a student too.
Si wrote:So, in essence, it's not a flat rate then. Just not as varied as some, but still more varied than others. But it's a bit of a tightrope - if we were to be the subject of means tested membership rates then there'd be a general outcry and the extra admin costs would drive membership rates up. Whereas, as you state there are many more people who do not conform to traditional earnings patterns these days.....how do make sure that they are not alienated? And where is the line drawn?
As for affiliate memberships - let's not discount them as they offer one of the best ways into the CTC if handled correctly.
To any given person, CTC is flat rate
Si wrote:Affiliates aren't full members - no one said that they were, yet they benefit from many of the advantages that full members do. And given that the majority of members do not bother voting at CTC elections/AGM/etc under normal circumstances then the major disadvantage of being an affiliate would not apply to most.
Si wrote:To any given person, CTC is flat rate
No it is not, as already explained. This particular given person has, I believe, paid five different rates since joining.
Si wrote:Your comparison with BC: yes you can pay different rates, but you also get different benefits, thus just as you dismiss CTC Affiliate membership should we also dismiss BC Bronze, Silver & Ride and state that BC has a flat rate of £69? Although I have found a BC Family rate (which I believe the CTC also does) I've not managed to find a BC zero-hour contract worker rate - if you could point me to it I'd be interested in seeing how they administer it.