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COVID-19: How is the RIBA working with the Government?

24 March 2020

A note from RIBA CEO, Alan Vallance... 

The RIBA has been working hard to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and quickly provide our members with the necessary guidance and support. A key part of this support is working with Government to represent the architecture profession during this very unsettling and unpredictable time. I wanted to update you on some of the work that we have been doing in this area.

Last week, I wrote to both the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, to outline some of the key concerns that members are currently facing.

In our letters, we ask Government to address cash flow concerns and maintain the operation of the planning and development control systems. Some of our proposals, including VAT deferment, were included in the latest package of support announced by the Chancellor. Read more on this here.

We are communicating with the key Government departments on a daily basis. The RIBA has excellent relationships with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). We will continue to work with these departments to ensure the concerns of our members are heard, understood and acted upon.

Thank you to those who have already reached out to us through our info centre ( and completed our survey (which can be found here if you haven’t completed it yet). The more information we have about the issues you are facing, the better we can advocate on your behalf.

Finally, please do visit our COVID-19 hub, which provides a suite of resources and information for members. It includes what we are doing with Government, but also practical advice: from guidance on practice resilience and remote working, to a checklist of considerations for staff; the content is wide-ranging and regularly updated.

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