IfL updates eligibility for concessionary fees
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Following the Budget speech in which George Osborne announced that the personal allowance will be increased by £1,000 to £7,475 for the 2011-12 tax year, the Institute for Learning (IfL) has confirmed that part-time teachers and trainers whose annual income is below that threshold will be entitled to pay IfL’s concessionary membership fee, even if they have already renewed their membership at the standard rate.
From 1 April 2011, the standard membership fee for Members, Affiliates and Associates is £68, which is eligible for basic or higher rate tax relief if individual members pay. A concessionary rate of £45 is available for those earning less than the income tax threshold, unemployed members and members who are retired. Those in full-time teacher training pay £30.
The next membership period will be 18 months from 1 April 2011 through to 30 September 2012, when it will revert back to annual renewal, and this will be on 1 October each year.
IfL’s chief executive, Toni Fazaeli, said, “Following today’s Budget announcement, IfL has updated its arrangements so that any teacher or trainer whose annual earnings are at or below £7,475 is entitled to IfL’s concessionary membership rate of £45 for 18 months, from 1 April 2011 to 30 September 2012. IfL is updating its communications for all members who have not yet renewed their IfL membership, as well as for new teachers or trainers joining IfL as their professional body.
“All part-time teachers and trainers who have already renewed their IfL membership for 2011-12 at the standard rate will receive a message from IfL confirming that if their yearly earnings are below the new personal allowance figure of £7,475 announced today by the Chancellor, IfL will reimburse the £23 difference between the standard and concessionary fees for their 18 months' membership.”
Detailed information about IfL’s transition to self-financing and members paying subscriptions is available on IfL’s website at http://www.ifl.ac.uk/membership/questions-and-answers