Should the ARB be kept? Last chance to put your opinions to government
There are just two days left to tell the government what you think of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and its functions
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is currently carrying out its three-yearly review into how the profession should be regulated.
Spearheaded by Stephen Williams, under-secretary of state for communities and local government, the review is considering whether the regulation of architects should continue and has asked for the profession’s views on the subject.
The call for evidence, which follows the launch of the review back in March, is examining the case for regulation and its different models, while evaluating both existing regulatory functions and the ARB.
The full-scale review could spell the end of the ARB, or lead to it being heavily restructured.
Respondents to the online survey were widely critical of the ARB’s current performance, with 67 per cent of architects saying the ARB didn’t do enough to protect the architect’s title and 58 per cent saying that the board’s annual retention fee did not offer value for money.
The DCLG’s three-yearly review is part of the government drive to ensure that all ‘arm’s-length bodies’ continue to have ‘regular challenge on their remit and governance arrangements’.
The call for evidence closes on Friday (30 May).