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Ian Salisbury's comments

  • Why on earth does the ARB continue to exist?

    Ian Salisbury's comment 7 April, 2017 2:43 pm

    Paul Finch looks at ARB from the outside and provides objective opinion. Those on the inside who "enjoy" protection of title should perhaps examine more closely (and more objectively) why they think they need it.

    I am an insider, and therefore subjective myself. But I am only so because I am trapped by the coercion of the statutory monopoly. Would I were free to comment with Paul's estimable disinterest!

  • ARB told to curb legal costs and rethink disciplinary procedures

    Ian Salisbury's comment 7 April, 2017 2:31 pm

    For Robert Wakeham - LOL !

  • At a glance: government's proposed planning changes

    Ian Salisbury's comment 13 July, 2015 10:31 am

    You missed out what the RIBA President was reported in the Times to have said about the budget changes: "a significant step forward in tackling the economic damage to the UK’s competitiveness created by the housing crisis".

    Oh yes?

  • RIBA and ARB ethical codes attacked

    Ian Salisbury's comment 2 July, 2015 10:51 am

    The real question is whether rules of any kind improve professionalism. The better remedy by anyone who has suffered at the hands of a professional person is to sue them.

    Why? Becasue all of the so-called regulators (apart from medical) suffer from the same shortcoming - the service they provide is under-funded and ineffective. Medical regulation is different - it has teeth becuase it can stop people practising. The rest are a waste of space and always will be.

  • Historic England: 'We got it wrong over Hall McKnight's Strand plans'

    Ian Salisbury's comment 12 June, 2015 9:54 am

    We have less contrition over poor decisions these days. When it happens muck-raking should stop and everyone should move on. I wish there were more of this.

  • ARB does it again: 1,824 architects kicked off register for non-payment

    Ian Salisbury's comment 7 January, 2015 5:35 pm

    It looks as though the ARB are within the law by throwing non-payers off (although that Act uses the word "may", so it's discretionary). But the fee that they charge for readmission (which freedom for applicants exists for a full calendar year) is defined as being a "further prescribed fee".

    Your report mentions a £20 fee and a £35 administration charge. I don't think they have the power to levy an administration charge, and they can only impose the £20 fee if it has been "prescribed", which I am sure it will have been. However, nothing can be "prescribed" except by rules (the Act, s.25), and the Arb cannot make up rules unless they "publish a draft of the rules and give those to whom the rules would be applicable an opportunity of making representations to the Board" (s.23).

    I don't remember being asked to make any such representation - can anyone else? And if they didn't ask then they must reinstate for no additional fee.

    Can't take this one up. I paid up at the last second.

  • End of the road for RIBANet

    Ian Salisbury's comment 27 February, 2014 11:05 am

    Although RIBANet will go tomorrow it will be interesting to see how the RIBA deals with the knowledge base it contains, for there is a wealth of information in in. I suspect that being of the ether rather than in hard copy it will not recognise its value and all will be destroyed.

    Burning books comes to mind.

  • ARB chair defends ‘mass strike-off’ of 2,000 architects

    Ian Salisbury's comment 17 January, 2014 11:16 am

    Although fees charged in advance of a service provided is becoming more frequent, architects generally continue to charge in arrears for services provided. That requires a level of trust and it is therefore somewhat galling that the ARB has changed its rules to a level of zero trust in the profession.

    Be that as it may, the acid question is whether it is lawful for the ARB to collect fees during the year preceding the year of retention. The wording of section 8(1) of the Act is ambiguous and it should therefore be read (under the normal rules of statutory interpretation) to the advantage of the payer, that the registered person pays the retention fee for retention "in any calendar year after that in which it was entered"

    That being so it seems likely to me that once again the ARB is acting unlawfully, not only in striking out members (which in the Act is described as being not mandatory but as a discretionary consequence of a failure to pay) but by charging additional and perhaps punitive fees for "application" and for "reinstatement" as well as for "retention".

  • ARB kicks 2,000 architects off register for non-payment

    Ian Salisbury's comment 8 January, 2014 10:00 am

    The 6% should enjoy their freedom while it lasts.

  • ARB defends itself against ‘kangaroo court procedures’ claims

    Ian Salisbury's comment 6 August, 2013 11:17 am

    See the qualification and training required of the Arb's investigators at http://tinyurl.com/Arb-inv-quals, and the qualifications and training required of members at the PCC at http://tinyurl.com/Arb-PCC-quals. You would expect both to be at least equal to those on the register.

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