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ARB freezes annual fee for third year in a row

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has kept its annual fee at £107 for the third consecutive year

The board, which is still awaiting the official outcome of its periodic review held more than two years ago, last changed the fee in 2014, increasing it from £105 to £107.

A board meeting earlier this month also agreed there would be no changes to any other fees, such as the administration charge for being reinstated to the register.   

ARB chair Peter Coe, who replaced Beatrice Fraenkel in July, said: ‘The decision to hold the 2017 retention fee at £107 was a unanimous one.

‘This is the third year running that the fee has been held at this level. While the number on the register has grown over recent years, our continued investment in IT to support the effective delivery of our services, as well as the efficiency of the staff team, has played a significant part in our ability to hold the fee at this amount.’

Earlier this summer the ARB reported a record increase in the number of architects joining the register – 2,279 architects in 2015 – and said there were now more registered architects than ever before (36,678 as at the end of December last year).

Its annual report, published in July, showed that the ARB’s operating income rose to £4.4 million from £4.1 million the year before (2014). Based on the architecture watchdog’s total annual expenditure of £3.4 million, the board racked up a surplus of £1.05 million in 2015.

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