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RIBA responds to Cabinet reshuffle

Our response to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, which saw Michael Gove appointed as housing secretary.

15 September 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, which saw Michael Gove appointed as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:

“This is a critical time for the built environment. Globally, we are preparing to host COP26, which must lead to ambitious actions and targets to ensure we are on track to reach net zero. At national level, we are also about to witness the most significant planning system reforms for generations, which have the potential to positively address the quality and sustainability of new developments across the country. The new Secretary of State must get this right, and secure the investment needed. We wish him well on his mission.

We are engaging with government on all the above; and working hard to ensure the long-awaited Building Safety Bill delivers fundamental reform and leads to the culture change our sector, profession and society desperately needs.

I look forward to continuing our liaison with the MHCLG and new Secretary of State, and hope we can count on him to promote the critical role of architects in delivering high-quality buildings for future generations.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Media contact: Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org.
  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. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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