The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Government’s Growth Plan 2022.
RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:
“With a looming recession and worsening energy and climate crises – today was a pivotal opportunity for the new Government to provide reassurance.
Whilst additional financial support for household energy bills will provide short-term relief, and new funding for energy efficiency improvements signals some progress, measures fall short of the National Retrofit Strategy we have been calling for. It’s a missed opportunity.
Nevertheless, the Chancellor’s cancellation of the planned corporation tax rise will likely be welcomed by many of our members, and the Energy Bill Relief Scheme will also alleviate some of the costs of doing business in the short-term.
We will continue to work with Government representatives and our counterparts across the sector to lobby for a UK-wide housing retrofit programme and champion the critical role of architects in delivering safe, well-designed spaces that support long-term wellbeing.”
Notes to editors:
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