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RIBA hits back at ARB as hostilities snowball

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The RIBA has lost no time in hitting back at the ARB after its refusal to accept the institute's proposed reforms.

RIBA president Jack Pringle has responded to an open letter he received from the board's chair Humphrey Lloyd with an open letter of his own.

In it, he tears apart the ARB's reasons for not accepting the need for a Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) and hits out at Lloyd for failing to understand the need for an Ombudsman.

The RRO would insist that the board be 'prudent and economical' at all times, while the Ombudsman would give those prosecuted by the Professional Conduct Committee a route of appeal.

Pringle has made it clear that he is becoming increasingly infuriated with the lack of enthusiasm for reform from within the board.

'We are guided by the government's stated policy for better regulation, as set out by Gordon Brown last September when he said that there should not be just a light-touch approach but a limited touch and that should be guided by a risk assessment,' the letter says.

'By any standards, architects have not proved themselves to be a great risk to the consumer. We believe the RRO we propose will enable the ARB to follow Mr Brown's guidelines more easily.'

by Ed Dorrell

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