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RIBA President responds to Prime Minister

RIBA responds to PM sink estates pledge

Prime Minister David Cameron has today (11 January 2016) announced that some of the country’s most run-down housing estates will be replaced with attractive and safe homes:

  • country’s worst housing estates to be removed and replaced with safe and attractive homes for residents
  • comprehensive approach to estate regeneration to be created
  • new £140 million fund to jump-start regeneration projects
  • Prime Minister: time to end ‘decades of neglect’ to aid social reform

RIBA President, Jane Duncan, said:

"We welcome the Government’s decision to look at improving the built environment in the most deprived communities in our country. We believe passionately that everyone has a right to enjoy and benefit from well-designed architecture. These community improvements, however, can’t come at the expense of existing residents and see further reductions in the number of social rented homes at a time where there is already a desperate shortage."

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  1. For further information contact Howard Crosskey: howard.crosskey@riba.org +44 (0)20 7307 3761
  2. You can read the announcement from the Prime Minster here: www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-pledges-to-transform-sink-estates
  3. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members www.architecture.com

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