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RIBA responds to Labour Manifesto

Labour 2017 manifesto

16 May 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of Labour’s manifesto today.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

"I’m pleased that Labour have put housing and communities high on their agenda. It’s critical that the next UK Government recognises the impact our built environment can have in fostering business and creating prosperous and happy communities. From health to education, leisure to business, good design plays a vital role in improving all aspects of our lives.”

On Brexit

“Since the EU referendum I’ve been calling repeatedly for the rights of non UK EU nationals to be confirmed. These colleagues make up a quarter of our workforce so I’m pleased to see the Labour party commit to confirm their status and rights. It is essential that we can continue attract talented architects from around the world. Their skills, creativity and diverse cultural perspective play a vital part in maintaining the UK as a global hub for architecture.

“We also need the next UK Government to support continued mutual recognition of professional qualifications with the EU. If our qualifications are not recognised, maintaining and growing the UK architecture sector will be severely curtailed.”

On planning and communities

“The RIBA has been calling for new devolution deals between central government and new and existing local authorities on housing and planning. Newly elected metro mayors and combined authorities are well-placed to create local opportunities in the built environment. It is also vital that the party forming the next UK Government understands the role of professional expertise in ensuring that we have well-built communities that put people at their heart.”

On housing

“The Labour manifesto commits to building one million new homes, including 100,000 council and housing association homes. It’s imperative that we can get Britain building to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, and ensure we have enough homes across all tenure types.

“This will not be achieved through a race to the bottom on standards, as the Labour manifesto recognises with support for measures including space standards and zero carbon homes.”

On schools

“I’m pleased to see that Labour’s manifesto supports investment in school buildings. The RIBA’s research has shown that good design is key to ensuring that any investment is optimised and supports the best outcome for pupils and teachers. At the moment £150 million a year is wasted annually on unnecessary maintenance and services, due to bad design.”

The RIBA will shortly launch its own manifesto document to highlight the vital role architecture plays in the success of the UK and our communities.


Notes to editors:

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  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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