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RCN confirms fee rise for 2014

Nurses will pay more for Royal College of Nursing membership from next year, it has been confirmed.

RCN members voted to hand power for setting subscription fees to the RCN Council for the next five years at the college’s annual general meeting last week.

The council has since met and agreed to increase subscription fees by 1% for 2014.

This means that from next year nurse members will pay £196.85 while healthcare assistants will pay £98.43. Student nurse membership will remain the same at £10.

Chair of council, Michael Brown said: “This 1% rise is the first since 2011 and will ensure that important frontline services such as legal representation, professional training and workplace support remain protected at a time of growing demand.”

Last year nurses defied RCN leadership by voting against a small increase in fees in 2013.

Before the vote at the AGM the council promised if members gave them the power to raise fees they would not increase by more than 1% in 2014 or more than 4% in any subsequent year.

This means fees could go up to a maximum of £230.26 for nurses and £115.13 for HCAs by 2018.

RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter has argued fees need to increase to cope with the growing demand for services from members as a result of increasing pressure on terms and conditions.

Readers' comments (13)

  • If they keep going we'll need to take out a pay day loan to pay it. Why can't they let us pay monthly by direct debit, then no-one would miss it.

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  • you need to set up a DD to pay monthly. I have had one for years.

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  • Why on earth would anyone pay £230.26 pa for this?????

    You can get contingency indemnity insurance from an alternative trade union for £100 per year cheaper!

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  • worth reading the small print for comparison to ensure the level of cover is what is required on any other cheaper policies.

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  • I don't know why we pay them anything, they have never been around to help me or my colleagues, can never get through to speak to anyone so I cannot justify the need for their services. What do they actually so? Except put up fees and expect us to find the money to pay it. It's not fair as we have to pay this amount or we cannot work they have us over a barrel.

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  • I meant what do they actually DO?

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  • How do you set up a Direct Debit when it is not given as an option to pay monthly??

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  • Anonymous | 27-Oct-2013 1:57 pm

    I have always paid my sub. by monthly DD since the scheme existed but maybe the option is no longer available. you would need to look at their forms.

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  • To be candid, What exactly do the RCN do?
    On Two occasions I was let down and lost two jobs due to lack of expertise and non challant display by the ? Union reps.
    Y should we continue to belong to such group?

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  • Anonymous | 27-Oct-2013 3:59 pm

    membership is voluntary and there are alternatives.

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  • Very supportive union. Our pay gets frozen so they up their fees. Who's helping who here? Disgusted...

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  • Ellen Watters

    I asked about paying by monthly direct debit and was told it was not possible, it makes it too complicated for them..*sigh

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  • Ellen Watters

    My apologies, I thought this was about NMC registration..*blushes..

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