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Press Release - 7th October 2016

The IPC launches dedicated membership scheme for Councils

Following a special forum in August attended by representatives of local authorities across the country, The International Parking Community (IPC) has confirmed the launch of a dedicated membership scheme for parking service providers in the public sector.

This progressive move follows the dramatic growth in membership and results achieved by the IPC since its accreditation as a specialist trade association for the parking industry in 2013. For the first time, local authorities now have access to The IPC’s comprehensive guidance, legal insight, support and service benefits for improving compliance, operational efficiencies and revenue recovery as well as minimising investment risks.

The focus of the new scheme is the provision of effective and prompt solutions to help Councils improve outcomes and service standards, so considerable emphasis is being given to canvassing the opinions and monitoring the evolving priorities of members. This approach will help to ensure The IPC engages fully with those issues and topical developments of greatest interest and concern to Council parking operations. As well as lobbying and thought leadership initiatives, the new scheme will also build on the Association’s close working relationships with Government departments and a wide range of consumer organisations from Citizen’s Advice to The RAC.

“The enthusiasm of those attendees at our special forum in York convinced us that a membership scheme for the public sector would receive widespread support, “ says The IPC’s Will Hurley.

“Evidently, many local authorities would welcome the opportunity to have readily accessible operational and legal insight as well as the proactive support of an independent and accredited association that is committed to helping members deliver the best possible customer service. We have shown that we act on our promises and just how much we go out of our way listen to and act upon the needs of our members. That’s why we’ve had such an immediate impact in helping to minimise confusion, maximise lawful parking practices and providing a responsive, reliable and efficient service for all members. From the very positive feedback we’ve received, we’re confident this new scheme will prove extremely popular with district and borough councils as well as larger unitary, county and metropolitan authorities.”

All Councils joining The IPC before the end of 31st March 2017 will receive free membership for the first 12 months (usually £500) plus vat as well as the opportunity to play an active role in the initial activities and agenda of this important new resource for local government. As well as the opportunity to participate in quarterly discussions concerning on and off-street Council parking facilities, trends and practices, membership benefits also include:

• Regular feedback and specific guidance on topical issues and an evolving regulatory landscape, with the opportunity to provide collective input into prospective new legislation or modification of existing regulations.

• Direct access to The IPC’s ground-breaking online portal offering a wealth of useful materials and constantly updated advice.

• Preferential rates secured for suppliers of key services used by local authorities.

• Access to a dedicated tendering platform that simplifies and improves the efficiency of commissioning services from new suppliers, without compromising the procedural requirements of a formal tender.

• A quarterly newsletter with the latest advice and commentary on key industry topics.

For more information on the benefits and how to join The IPC’s new local authority membership scheme, contact Malcom Daughtrey at Malcolm@theipc.info or on 07769 332731.