Alex Holowczak wrote
Well, I certainly sent the voting register off by the deadline, so there's no problem with that.
You certainly did, and it has now been uploaded thanks to the ECF webmaster working out of hours.
Angus French wrote
I didn't know that multi-year memberships would be available. They're not covered in the Membership Rates proposals document.
They will be in v2 of the document which should be appearing shortly.
John Upham wrote
but that domain ceased to be in 2011:
The fact that the CEO may have quoted an out of date URL seems to me a fairly minor matter. The correct URL http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-conte ... ug2011.rtf
is not particularly difficult to locate.
Roger de Coverly wrote
That's exactly the point. If the calculations and invoicing don't take place until August 2013, how can you bring that in to the 2012 - 13 financial year, particularly if it has a year end of 30th April? According to the Finance Committee report, they had enough trouble this year with events taking place in April and settling in May. Having a year end reporting process that doesn't start until 4 months after the year end is asking for trouble.
One of many reasons why the change to a 31 August year end suggested by the Finance Director makes a lot of sense.
John McKenna wrote
Hope everyone recognises that the Coalition government persuaded the ECF to release a blizzard of financial & policy papers today in order to distract from the real emperor's-new/no-clothes budget perpetrated by George a little earlier.
Or could it be that I've got it the wrong way round? The ECF may be using George as a fig leaf to try to cover what's going down in the chess area!
Definitely the former. The date on which the ECF papers would be published was known as soon as the Finance Council meeting date was set last October, and the Coalition doubtless scheduled the budget accordingly.