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

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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.

Posted date

7 January, 2015

Posted time

5:35 pm

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