Tory think tank calls for ARB abolition
An influential Tory think tank has launched a stinging attack on the Architects Registration Board, urging minister Nick Boles to abolish the body
The Conservative Home website, run by former Conservative Party deputy chairman Michael Ashcroft, described the ARB as ‘useless’ and ‘meddling’.
It called for Tories to apply for two vacancies at the board to prevent ‘surrending power to the Left’.
The missive added: ‘Please do apply. You might have some positive influence. An even more positive outcome, however, would be for the government to abolish this useless, meddling bureaucracy. Over to you, Nick Boles.’
The ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK.
Its duties include prescribing the qualifications needed to become an architect; ensuring only those registered describe themselves as architects; and investigating complaints about architects.
The Conservative Home website said: ‘The ARB chase after people who call themselves architects – typically these are people who are architects in the sense of that being they do [sic] for a living but not in the bureaucratic sense as defined by the ARB.’
Before the Tories joined the coalition, now architecture minister Ed Vaizey pledged to abolish the organisation (see AJ 30.09.12). However when questioned earlier this year if he intended to make good on his promise, he said: ‘It’s something I need to look at again. It falls under the Department for Communities and Local Government and is not a decision I can make alone.’