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RICS launches ‘big society’ commission

The RICS has launched its own inquiry into how local communities can play a role in the government’s planned ‘big society’

Called the Land and Society Commission, the Trevor Beattie-chaired panel is aiming to feedback to government this April with recommendations for the planned future policy.

Architects and other construction industry professionals have been called on to give evidence to the inquiry with oral evidence sessions set to begin in February.

Beattie explained: ‘Localism and the Big Society present a major opportunity for communities across the country to shape their future and to create valuable new local assets.

‘The role of this new Commission is to investigate how best to provide communities with knowledge and resources necessary to make the most of their new responsibilities.’

Thomas Pienaar, RICS head of corporate affairs, added: ‘We would be extremely interested to hear from those with expertise in community action, the built environment and local government who feel they may be able to contribute.’

The final report is expected to be published in April.

To take part, visit the Land and Society Commission website

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