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]
SUBSCRIPTIONS AS AT OCTOBER 2017
The annual membership fee from January 2017 is £360 and from January 2018 is £370.
ALACE collects its annual subscription in January for that calendar year.
We are implementing new arrangements for membership fees with effect from 1 November 2017. The table shows what will happen if you apply to join before or after 1 November so please read it carefully!
|If you apply for membership before 1 November 2017 and your subscription is received before that date (which means cleared funds)||If you apply for membership on or after 1 November 2017|
|You will pay two years’ membership (=£730). This will cover the period only to 31 December 2018 as we do not offer part year subscriptions.||Generally, you will pay one year’s membership up front.
If you join after 31 August in any calendar year, you pay a half subscription for the remainder of that year and then a full subscription in January of the following year.
Examples: if you join in November or December 2017, you will pay £180 on joining and then a further £370 in January 2018.
If you join in January or February 2018, you will pay £370 on joining and then the subscription fee for 2019 in January 2019.
If you join in September 2018, you will pay £185 on joining and then the subscription fee for 2019 in January 2019.
|In addition to the detailed employment guidance notes and pensions FAQs on our website, you will be eligible for immediate access to support with pension affairs; but you will have to pay £85 per hour for employment support in your first six months of membership. This rate is extremely competitive compared to what an HR consultant or employment lawyer would charge, and also has the benefit that the ALACE consultant will be able to make clear to the member’s employer that the member is being supported by his/her trades union.||In addition to the detailed employment guidance notes and pensions FAQs on our website, you will be eligible for up to four hours of free support from an ALACE consultant in your first twelve months of membership. You would have to pay for any support in excess of four hours in the first 12 months at the rate of £85 per hour. This rate is extremely competitive compared to what an HR or pensions consultant or employment lawyer would charge.|
|We also offer a discounted rate for anyone wishing to pay up front for two years’ membership. This is available at £715 from 1 January 2018 onwards and entitles you to eight hours of free support in your first twelve months of membership.|
Why are the rules as they are? The cost of consultancy support can far exceed a year’s subscription. 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. Likewise, we don’t want to encourage people to apply for membership only after they’ve got into difficulties with their employing council – “deathbed conversions” – unless we can also protect the financial interests of the Association. Hence the arrangements from 1 November 2017 that limit the amount of free support (whether on pensions, employment issues or both) that a new member can receive in his or her first 12 months.
It has long been ALACE’s approach that members who have shown a commitment to the Association for two or more years should not have their access to support automatically limited. We hope to be able to maintain that approach and look forward to welcoming you to many years’ membership!
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 trades 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.