At the last National Convention, the Chairman Robin Hodgson put forward the idea that in future the Constituency Associations would pay for the Party on the country, i.e. for the Area offices, or as they will soon be known "Campaign Centres. It was thought that £2,000,000 would be required to do this. Having lent on the Constituencies, pledges have been received for £1.1m. The scheme will be put to the next National Convention.
Of course the hidden agenda for this is that Central Office will revert back to being the office of the Leader of the Conservative Party, a situation that the Inland Revenue views as never to have been changed in spite of the party reforms. They saw through the charade. Whatever happened to William Hague's "One Party"?
Update 5th March
It has been announced that "The Quota System will be abolished after the 31 March 2000"
"Campaign Subscriptions will be ring-fenced to pay for campaigning and field operations of the Party and each Association's payment is being individually negotiated and hopefully every Association will be able to pay their agreed figure for the year."
They could not be bothered to wait for the National Convention before implementing it. So much for democracy within the Party - more like "Diktat"