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ARB in surprise move to limit retention increase

The ARB has agreed to a below inflation rise in its retention fee for 2006.

The surprise move will almost certainly calm critics who have constantly warned against the board's expansion.

Announcing the small increase of £2.00, which will take the annual retention fee to £78.50, the board revealed plans for the year ahead.

These proposals include:

A review of the Architects Code

Further consider its work on protection of title

Further assess prescription of Part 3

Streamline the board's work through use in IT

In a statement, the ARB said the it had a strong policy of 'pursuing value for money'. 'The board recognises that the profession and the public expects it to be prudent and economical in discharging its duties.

'Despite the pressing calls on the board, it has managed to keep the increase in the 2006 retention fee to £2.

'This is slightly below the current retail price index and means that the retention fee continues to remain one of the lowest among professions with statutory protection,' the statement adds.

by Ed Dorrell

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