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Tossing the CABE

Baroness Whitaker, Lord Howarth of Newport, Lord Best, Alain De Botton, Kevin McCloud
25 October 2010

A letter to The Times about the decision of DCMS to stop funding for CABE.

We deplore the decision of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to stop funding the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

This economical body provides an invaluable service. It draws on the contribution of many architects, planners, engineers and landscape designers who work for a nominal sum, in the public interest, to ensure that new and refurbished buildings are informed by good design. Its "Building for Life" standard is world-renowned. Its work in promoting debate about how local people can shape the quality of their houses, streets, schools and parks should be at the heart of localism and the Big Society.

The Government needs to invest in the quality of the built environment, both to provide value for money and to improve the quality of life of citizens. It should think again about CABE.

Baroness Whitaker, Lord Howarth of Newport, Lord Best, Alain De Botton, Kevin McCloud

This letter appeared in The Times on Monday 25 October 2010.