Membership is open to:
- Local authority chief executives
- S151 officers
- Monitoring officers
- Chief executives of certain other public sector organisations (such as Police and Crime Chief Executives)
For more information on the full range of benefits of ALACE membership, click here, and for more information specifically on the benefits of our pensions services, click here. If you would like a conversation about membership before signing up, please contact Ian Miller, the Honorary Secretary, on 07515 190917 or [email protected]
The annual membership fee from January 2017 is £360.
ALACE collects its annual subscription in January for that calendar year. New members are required to pay their first two years’ subscription in advance.
That gives new members immediate access to support with their pension affairs; but new members have to wait six months before they are entitled to free support on other matters (such as negotiating the best possible termination settlement).
Why are the rules as they are? Pension arrangements often need to be addressed urgently, even if retirement is many years away; so we don’t think it’s helpful to delay making support available (though there is a review pending of how much free support should be provided on pensions). By contrast, we don’t want to encourage people to apply for membership only after they’ve got into difficulties with their employing council – “deathbed conversions”! The cost of consultancy support can far exceed a year’s subscription. Hence the six months’ delay.
As for requiring more than one year’s subscription in advance – well, sadly, we previously had some instances of new members paying a single year’s subscription, drawing on support worth far more than the subscription they had paid, and then resigning from membership before any further subscription was due. The ALACE Council considered this to be unfair to other members and financially unsustainable.
ALACE and SOLACE
Please note that ALACE and SOLACE are quite separate organisations (although we work closely together and have many members in common). ALACE is a trade union; SOLACE is a professional society. Membership of one does not bring with it membership of the other. If you are also interested in joining SOLACE, click here.