borgs8472 wrote:What we need to do is open the member forums for non members and get more non-members to debate on this, maybe hold straw poll or two. Then we'll know the facts.
Relevant facts = what people actually do, not what they say they will do. The two are different.
The other parties all want to maximize both membership and inocme from membership, so lets look at what they do:
-- £25/y or £5 if under 23
Lib Dems https://www.libdems.org.uk/join_us.aspx
-- £10/y, £6 for concessions (under 26, on benefits, students), gives people a choice of payment amounts up to £250.
-- monthly options from £1.63, yearly from £19.50. They require people to pay an amount based on what they earn, which I think is an invasion of privacy. Labour also require you to type in personal details before being told how much membership costs, which I consider underhand.
-- Monthly from £1 (options (£3, £5), yearly from £12. Reduced rate for people under 5, over 65, or unwaged.
-- £20/y, reduced rate of £10 for OAPs, Students or those on Benefits
-- lots of options. Minimum of £2.60/month. If you pay £5 a month, you get a free book. options are: £5/10/20/other at intervals of: monthly/quarterly/half yearly/annually.
Based on these examples, and assuming all these parties are more or less doing it right, I would recommend:
* a reduced rate for people under 21, over 65, unwaged or students
* options to pay monthly or yearly
* options to pay more than the mimimum amount. Yes people can pay more through a donation, but there's no hamr in making it easy for them.
So for example the options could be:
* reduced rate £2 / year
* mimimum payment at standard rate £10 / year
* Other options: Monthly: 20/15/10/5, or yearly 100/60/40/20
If we could get 400 of our members paying £10 a month, that would give us £48,000 a year (plus whatever other membership fees and donations we received). This would allow us to fight elections more effectively than we currently can.
Philip Hunt, <email@example.com>.