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Lipton lashes out at DCMS failings

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The former chairman of CABE has hit out at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for failing to give the commission strong enough backing.

Speaking at an event to mark CABE's fifth birthday, Stuart Lipton also warned the DCMS over its stance on the perceived conflict of interests within the commission - especially at the top level.

Lipton resigned as chairman earlier this year in the wake of an independent report that questioned having developers in decision-making roles within the commission.

'I urge the DCMS to give the same support to CABE that we have seen from the ODPM, ' he said. 'They have done this in the past and they should in the future.

'They also need to appoint a member of the industry to the chairmanship. The industry changes all the time and we need someone who understands it.' However, a spokesman for the DCMS was unsurprised by Lipton's outburst. 'The claims that the commission are not properly funded are probably right, ' he said. 'Most of our sponsored bodies would say something like that.' A decision about the future funding of CABE will be announced next month and the new chairman is expected to be unveiled in November.

In response to Lipton's comments about the new head of CABE, the DCMS spokesman added: 'When Lipton says industry, presumably he means the construction industry. That is his point of view. But there are other stakeholders, such as architects, who may be equally qualified for the job.' 'Our interview process is consistent with the Nolan principles of fairness.

The job description is not prescriptive and we will appoint the best person who comes forward, regardless of their background.'

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