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Annual Subs

posted 23 Mar 2015, 09:26 by Fergus Lang

It is that time of year when the Group Leaders along with the Group Executive consider the budgeting aspects of maintaining our Verona Drive headquarters for the forthcoming year. It has always been the overriding policy of the Group that the greater part of the overheads of the building be met by subscription, which allows for fundraising income to be directed towards renewal of equipment and improvement projects. A proportion of these subscriptions also go to pay each member’s capitation fee to Scout headquarters, and for the general running of the individual sections. I would also like to take this opportunity to assure you that your monies go entirely to providing the facilities and activities we share, and that our leaders and helpers do not receive any payment for the considerable time and effort that they put in. 

We constantly monitor the outgoings of the Group to keep them to a minimum, but it is inevitable that our policy on subscriptions continues to mirror the Group’s major overheads. This year we have not had an increase in the amount of capitation fees per person that we have to pay, but still have many projects to maintain our buildings which need attention, both large and small. The Leaders and Exec have, therefore, made the decision that we will be keeping the subscriptions for 2015/2016 at the current amount of £150 for the year. We will, as ever, have to keep up with our fund raising efforts throughout the year and I take this opportunity to urge you to support all our efforts with as much time as you can give to make them a success. 

We hope that you will agree that this still represents great value for money but at the same time we are very conscious of the fact that for some families, especially with siblings in the group, this represents a substantial outlay. In order to spread the payment we will continue to have, and urge you to take up, the standing order system of payment which will commence about the middle of May and cease the following February. A new order is required each year. Exact dates are highlighted on the attached form, which we ask you to fill in and return to your section leader by 24th April. For those without access to bank standing order facilities, the section treasurers will be only too happy to discuss alternative payment schedules for the year ending 31st March 2016. 

We have always said that there should be no barriers to a young person enjoying their scouting and all it has to offer, and this includes the financial side. In the case of genuine hardship, please do not hesitate in contacting your Section Leader or myself in the strictest confidence. 

Thank you in anticipation of your understanding and for our part we will continue to provide the best Scouting experiences we possibly can.

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Fergus Lang,
23 Mar 2015, 09:26
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Fergus Lang,
23 Mar 2015, 09:26
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