The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has won an increase in its budget of more than 100 per cent. Secretary of state for culture, media and sport Chris Smith this week announced that CABE will have an annual budget of £3.53 million instead of its current £1.5 million from 2002-03. CABE's acting chief executive, Timothy Mason, welcomed the decision, despite hoping for an increase to £5 million. 'We're pleased that it's a move in the right direction and an affirmation of the government's belief in CABE, ' he said. He added that the money will be spent developing a regional presence (AJ 13.7.00), expanding education programmes and CABE's enabling work, which helps link clients with architects.