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BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:46 pm
by buck197
I see our erstwhile governing body is to raise the standard adult fee to £45 which I think I'm right is up from £38? A arise of approx 15% which is 7.5% per year since the last rise.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:56 pm
by Adrian Cooper
£42 on the website from today.

I don't recall what it was before but it looks as if it is someway above inflation.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:04 pm
by Rae1
How do the SCA manage with their £27.50 fee?
Do BC have more commitments, or is it just the SCA that run with greater efficiency?

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:05 pm
by Dave Rossetter
Rae1 wrote:How do the SCA manage with their £27.50 fee?
Do BC have more commitments, or is it just the SCA that run with greater efficiency?
SCA full membership fee is £37 (£35 if paid by direct debit). So not as much but not as a big a gap as initially pointed out.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:51 pm
by Rae1
Ahh, OK, I'd read £27.50 last month in one of their magazines.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:15 pm
by Simon Westgarth
Much of the central funding is drying up in 2017, so BC are looking at all and any income streams. Course providers are in the firing line, along with the membership. Other avenues for money will come from a more appealing insurance offering, more commercial partnerships and the selling of third party services.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:45 pm
by Jim
Rae1 wrote:How do the SCA manage with their £27.50 fee?
Do BC have more commitments, or is it just the SCA that run with greater efficiency?
The SCA operate with zero budgets so break even every year.
Some of us are concerned about the way this limits potential to invest for the future.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:52 pm
by Chris Bolton
SCA membership also doesn't include the canal licence, since there aren't many (any?) canals in Scotland where it would apply, so they decided it wasn't good value for their members.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:05 pm
by Mike A
Simon Westgarth wrote:Much of the central funding is drying up in 2017, .
And there was me thinking that the UK government wanted a healthy nation.

Nope, just shiny trinkets every 4 years for a very few people matters more.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:38 pm
by jamiemagee
Not to happy about the rise. Can't say i feel I get a lot out of my membership

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Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:55 pm
by Mike A
jamiemagee wrote:Not to happy about the rise. Can't say i feel I get a lot out of my memjership lk
Agreed. The only real benefit I see is the canal license and third party insurance, insurance which given the way society is heading, is likely to be more and more necessary*.

More visible access campaigning would be good, I reaĺly don't care for canoe trails as they should be responsibility of local councils / tourist boards, and strong statements supporting paddlers if subjected to threats of injunction would be appreciated. At very least an acknowlwdgment from BC/CE of the recent issue on Welsh Dee.

* See recent court cases re mountain biking and horse riding.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:57 pm
by jamiemagee
I rarely use canals. Still as a club coach I need to stay registered so they've got me over a barrel I guess :(

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Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:01 pm
by PaddyW
Buy some outdoor gear from Cotswold and get 10% discount by presenting your BC card. The discount is sometimes higher.

Offset your saving from the cost of joining the BC and it does not seem excessive.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:23 pm
by damppaddler
PaddyW wrote:Buy some outdoor gear from Cotswold and get 10% discount by presenting your BC card. The discount is sometimes higher.

Offset your saving from the cost of joining the BC and it does not seem excessive.

Or go to most other outdoor shops and pay 15% less than Cotswold and save your BC membership to get even more toys from the same shop

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:32 pm
by PaddyW
damppaddler wrote:
PaddyW wrote:Buy some outdoor gear from Cotswold and get 10% discount by presenting your BC card. The discount is sometimes higher.

Offset your saving from the cost of joining the BC and it does not seem excessive.

Or go to most other outdoor shops and pay 15% less than Cotswold and save your BC membership to get even more toys from the same shop
Well it depends what you want. Buy from Decathlon instead and get cheap poor quality gear that does not last. The choice is yours.

Most long term BC members are members because they compete or want to maintain coaching awards. (i.e. they have to be members).

I was trying to be positive! You also get discounts at Tryweryn etc. as well as a mag and insurance at 80p per week.

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:56 pm
by damppaddler
Sorry I wasn't trying to spoil your admirable positivity!

Rab Mens Microlight Alpine Jacket £180@cotswold
Rab Mens Microlight Alpine Jacket£153@tautonleasure

I've never used tauton, it was just the 1st price that can up with a Google search

Re: BCU fees to rise in 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:07 pm
by buck197
Cotswolds discount is15% I believe