CIPR member on child-related leave?

Piggy bank money slotsChildren. Lovely dots who can reduce your bank balance at a frightening rate. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) have some great concessions for members on maternity,paternity or adoption leave, or who work less than twenty hours a week. I didn’t know about them until recently so thought it would be good to share.

Payment breaks for child-related leave

Rates of statutory maternity and related pay can be a shock when you’re used to your normal wage. With membership fees of up to £217, the six-month payment break the CIPR offers for members on maternity,paternity or adoption leave of more than 12 weeks is not to be sniffed at. I’ve just successfully applied. One phone call to the membership team, and one emailed copy of my maternity leave letter from work, and it was done.

Continuing Professional Development points

The 60 points a year you need to accrue over the CIPR CPD year can be difficult to reach when you’re on leave after a birth or adoption. Again, the CIPR has considered this and can award discretionary points to help maintain your CPD record – and Accredited Practitioner status if you hold it. I contacted the CPD Coordinator and was awarded 50 CPD points for this year, which is a major help. Done easily and with no fuss. Great. Thanks to Laura Young, @RedFraggle80, for the tip-off.

Part-time membership payment reduction

If you work less than 20 hours a week – which I do  – you can apply for a 50% reduction in your membership fees. That’s a massive saving and one that will make a big difference to me. I’ll be applying as soon as I get back to the office after maternity leave.

Other reductions and the benevolent fund

When it comes to membership fee costs, the CIPR has also considered people on career breaks and retired members. You can find out all of the details on the Institute’s membership renewal page.

There’s also a benevolent fund – Iprovision – to help members who are seriously ill, in hardship or out of work.  Members pay a small levy each year; I make my donation alongside my membership fee. While you hope you’ll never need it, it’s good to know it’s there.

Creative commons credit: Piggy Bank Coin Slot by R Nial Bradshaw

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