Full disclosure: I am a paying member of PPUK with no official position in the party, I haven’t paid membership for Something New, and it’s plainly obvious I don’t have a position in Something New
The way I view membership is that if I get something out of paying, I’ll pay after a while of figuring out how it’ll fit into what I buy and what I’m saving for (I’m talking about 2 - 4 weeks of just thinking about it before I actually look at how or what’s involved regarding the actual transaction), but I’ll never do so with passion, getting membership will never be a big event for me, and after I pay I feel like it’s a burden that I have to keep track of (re: renewal), if anything, it takes the fun out of politics for me.
If you need membership fees to fund the party, go ahead, but unless there’s something I really want to do, or something I really want to access, which is member exclusive, I won’t pay.
I see free membership as the way to go for every party, along with openly publishing your donation intake to the public, because it lets people access everything they could need in a party whilst allowing it to get funding from people who’d be enthusiastic about donating to the cause.
Note: Sorry if I shouldn’t have bumped the thread, afaik that’s not a rule but I’m new to this forum and Discourse as a service so I could be (and most likely am) wrong.