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Reduced subscriptions and maternity leave

Members may be entitled to use the 2017 Reduced Subscription Claim Form to pay a reduced subscription if:

  • their gross income is below £24,100 for the year ended 31 December 2016,
  • they started maternity leave during 2016 or 2017 (cannot be claimed more than once for the same pregnancy)

The member may be asked to provide evidence later of reduced income or circumstances.  The form needs to be completed each subscription year.  A scan of the form can be emailed to the Subscriptions Team.  The form indicates the amount to be paid.  Payment can therefore be made at this stage - the Subscriptions Team will NOT issue a reduced subscription notice for payment.

Reduced subscription claim forms will not be processed if the subscription year to which it relates has expired.

The tables below show the reduced subscriptions available.

Fellow/Chartered/Legal Member

Gross income for all sources during the 12 months ended 31 December 2016

Is less than

£1,500

£9,000

£18,100

£24,100

Reduced
Subscription:

UK/ROI
Non-UK/ROI

 


£53
£53

 


£85
£71

 


£169
£110

 


£260
£169

 

Associate/Legal Associate/International Associate/Technical Member

Gross income for all sources during the 12 months ended 31 December 2016

Is less than

£1,500

£9,000

£18,100

£24,100

Reduced
Subscription:

£53

£80

£103

£169

 

Affiliate Member

Gross income for all sources during the 12 months ended 31 December 2016

Is less than

£1,500

£9,000

£18,100

£24,100

Reduced
Subscription:

£53

£53

£53

£74

 

Student/Licentiate Member

Gross income for all sources during the 12 months ended 31 December 2016

is below

£1,500

£9,000

£18,100

£24,100

Reduced
Subscription:

£53

£53

£53

No
reduction

 

Gross Income

Gross income includes the member's salary, wages, pensions, state benefits, private insurances, interest or dividends from investments and any other income.  The member's partner's income is not included here.

Maternity Leave

Members need to be aware of the following in claiming a reduced subscription with regard to maternity leave in this instance:

  • the father can claim a reduced subscription if he is the primary carer
  • adoption leave is treated as maternity leave for this purpose
  • if both parents are members of RTPI, only one member can claim
  • A reduced subscription claim cannot be made more than once for the same pregnacy (or adoption).

A member may claim a reduced 2017 subscription if maternity leave (or adoption leave) started in either 2016 or 2017.

Note that a member claiming a maternity leave subscription reduction should bear in mind that they may also be able to claim a reduced subscription in the following subscription year on the basis of low income.

Financial Hardship

There is a scheme available which responds to a member's rapid change in financial circumstances.  More...

Other information

If the member's subscription is to be paid by direct debit then the claim form should be with the Subscriptions Team at least 3 weeks before the next payment date so that it can be affected.

A claim form may be provided at any time to the Subscriptions Team up until the end of the subscription year.  A refund may be due if payment against the subscription has been already made.