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ARB critic Salisbury faces board disciplinary committee

Anti-ARB campaigner Ian Salisbury has finally been hauled before the board's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) over his stance on Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover.

It is understood Salisbury has failed to comply with the board's strict PII rules - rules which he argues fall outside the ARB's current remit - by refusing to reveal whether or not he has PII cover.

Last year the Oxford-based architect resigned from his membership of the board following a number of spats, including disagreements over the board's PII position.

The news that he will now face the wrath of the PCC has, therefore, not come as a surprise to the former RIBA presidential candidate.

He said: 'This was inevitable, as I made the issue a very high-profile matter when I was a member of the board.

'It is an issue of principle and I don't intend to give in over it.'

Salisbury has also questioned the timing of the move, which comes just weeks after the recent board elections.

He said: 'It is interesting why my case has been chosen now, especially seeing as I first raised this issue in 1999 and there are several cases ahead of me.

Salisbury added: 'I shall be very well prepared, and if I am successful my defence could be applied to other cases.'

by Richard Waite

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