Roger de Coverly wrote:What are you saying to counties and leagues who would at least consider having nothing more to do with the ECF if these proposals go through?
They are entitled to consider whatever they like. I hope, after due consideration and consultation, that they will not choose to have nothing to do with the ECF.
Roger de Coverly wrote:Even at 70p., I wouldn't regard Game Fee as a chess prevention tax. At Â£ 2 a head per game it becomes one. I don't even think non-members get any services for the Â£ 2. It looks like a straight fine on leagues, counties and Congresses for allowing non-members to participate.?
The Â£2 per half-game only applies where the take-up of membership falls below the stated threshold. It pays for grading and contributes towards the activities of the national federation across the spectrum of English chess.
My mandate from Council was to develop proposals to implement a membership scheme. I accept the arguments of those - yourself included, Roger - who commented that to leap to a single source of funding in one go would be risky, and the transitional arrangements are there to offer protection while the switch to membership supported by a majority of Council takes place. The higher Â£2 rate is intended to offer a clear financial incentive to move to membership, and since a membership scheme is what the majority of Council wanted, I make no apologies for this.
Roger de Coverly wrote:I also have to say that the final proposal is some distance from that voted on in April, or even those outlined in the June letter. Also where does the demerger of the ECF into "charity" and "professional" fit into all this?
The complexity of the changes and the limitations on my time mean that I shall not be presenting proposals to split the ECF into a charity and non-charity at the October AGM. On reflection, I felt that the magnitude of change was large enough without adding even more complexity, particularly since it would inevitably force the issue on major constitutional change, which would have multiplied the political difficulties of the AGM votes by a factor of several times. I believe that it will happen, but not at the 2011 AGM.
Roger de Coverly wrote:Whilst the Â£ 6 per head per individual non-member has reappeared for Congresses, this seems a transitional arrangement only.
Roger de Coverly wrote:Do you really think your proposals will be welcomed with anything other than hostility in at least parts of the country?
No, but I don't see that this gives me the right to ignore the wishes of the majority of Council.