LETTER: Stop the CIPR from lining its pockets

While the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)'s new president Elisabeth Lewis-Jones is very enthusiastic about the organisation's work (Profile, 25 January), she might use her next 12 months to start delivering services that save members money rather than continuing to try to make more money out of us.

Don't get me wrong - I'm a CIPR member and have been for many years. During that time the organisation has done some great work on policy, legislation and education, but during the same period the CIPR seems to have been on a mission to make more and more money from its members.

For instance, charging members a minimum of £450 to advertise a job vacancy on the CIPR's web site - this should be a minimal admin charge or, even better, free.

Rather than increasing charges to enter the Excellence Awards and the PRide Awards, if the institute is really interested in celebrating success it should make it cheaper to encourage more entries.

I wish Elisabeth well but let's see some practical benefits from membership, not bigger invoices.

Michael Bennett, MD, The Pelican Group.

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