There are a number of discounts available. Please check if you are eligible before paying your subscription fee. If you are a Direct Debit payer, please notify us of if you are eligible for a reduced rate as soon as possible prior to the payment collection date. Please note that your annual RCR membership subscription fee is tax deductible.
We may offer discounts in cases of hardship. Cases of hardship are considered on an individual basis. Please contact the Membership Department for details.
Maternity, paternity and adoption leave
If you are a UK resident during the period when on the unpaid portion of your maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave, subscriptions will be charged at 50% of the appropriate rate (whether full or reduced for Associates/Juniors) for that period of unpaid leave. This reduction is available for one subscription year per child only. Please note the calculation of your leave is taken from the date when your basic SMP begins until the date that you are due to return to work.
Consultant X , paying the full Home rate of £490.00 (2018/2019) is on maternity leave and is unpaid for weeks 26 to 52 (ie, 26 weeks). The subscription will be reduced to 50% of the full rate for the 26 weeks Dr X is unpaid; ie, Total subscription paid for the year will be £367.50.
If your leave falls across two subscription years, the discount will be applied for the year in which the major part of your leave falls. If you are not returning to work following your leave, you may be eligible for discounted fees on other grounds, for example, because you’re not currently working or on a reduced income.
The benefits of membership including the Journal, are not necessarily related to income, and thus this category is limited as follows:
- For a protracted absence from work (ie, over six months) without pay, other than Sick Leave, there will be a 50% reduction in the appropriate subscription rate during the period of absence. The Treasurer will make a decision with each application on a case by case basis
- For those who pay the full UK membership subscription* and are working less than full-time, and whose gross NHS and private income together produce an income of less than £40,000 pa there will be a 50% reduction in the subscription for the year in question.
If you live overseas on 1 June of any subscription year, we’ll automatically apply a discount to your membership fee in line with our standard charge for your country of residence, provided we have your main overseas residence address on file.
If you have recently moved overseas, please contact the Membership Department with your new address. Your overseas rate will be applied on a pro rata basis.
Reduced income and retirement
All UK members are entitled to reduced rates based on income; fees are lower for retired members.
If you are a UK tax payer you can reduce the cost of your subscription fee through tax relief. In addition, you may also be able to backdate your claim for previous years. You can use your subscription receipt that is automatically emailed to you each year following fee payment for this purpose. Please contact your tax advisor or the HM Revenue and Customs for advice concerning your individual claim and circumstances.
How do I claim tax relief?
Information on making a claim is available from HM Revenue and Customs on 0845 300 0627 or on the HMRC website.
How much will I get back?
This will depend on a number of factors including your subscription fee level and your tax situation. As a guide, members who are UK tax payers can claim up to 40% on their RCR membership subscription.