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Plug pulled on CABE's funds

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Government funding has been removed from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, which advises local and central government on building design.

The quango, which was set up in 1999, still exists but the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said it will no longer provide financial support.

It is considering options to “create new ways to support and champion good design”.

A CABE statement said: “We are bitterly disappointed by the decision.

“The quality of housing, schools, streets and parks has a major impact on everyone’s life, every day, so we are surprised to see that no resources at all can be found from the DCMS programme to deliver the government’s commitment to this area of public life.”

Chair Paul Finch said CABE had “worked with planning teams and developers up and down the country as they try to create places that look good and work well for everyone”.

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