Flexible payment options for members struggling under the COVID-19 pandemic, plus changes to membership grades to welcome new members in future
In the run-up to the new Landscape Institute sessional year, the LI is offering its members deferred payment options to help them deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020-21 LI membership year begins on 1 June 2020. Members who pay by monthly Direct Debit won’t need to make any payments for the first three months. From September 2020, they will pay in nine monthly installments.
The LI also reminds members that concessionary membership rates are available for those whose circumstances have changed. In the circumstances, this may be pertinent for those whose incomes have reduced, or who have become unemployed. More information on concessionary rates, and how to apply online, is available in the LI member support section.
This announcement follows a number of other measures the Institute has introduced to support members at this difficult time:
- Charitable support: Partnership with Perennial and stronger ties with Architects Benevolent Society
- The LI’s new digital streaming platform, Campus, free to members for 12 months
- Ongoing review of government guidelines and new technical guidance for site visits ad field work
Introducing Associate membership
This is part of a broader, long-running initiative to make the LI broader and more inclusive, reflecting the changing needs of the landscape sector. The Institute is adjusting its membership and entry standards to welcome more practitioners who work across the breadth of landscape fields.
A consultation on a new LI competency framework is open now and running until 31 May. Members and related professionals alike are urged to have their say and help the LI shape the future of the profession.