CABE fights for survival as redundancies loom

CABE, whose staff are on 30-day redundancy notices, is holding out hope some of its services may be saved by the Government.

The design watchdog is in talks with the communities department on how its elite design-review panel and enabling services can carry on.

CABE guidance, in contrast, is faring brilliantly. Manual for Streets 2, for example, sold out within a week of publication, prompting a second print run.

A representative said: "DCLG is still interested in using some of our services, so there are high-level conversations to figure that out.

"Obviously Pickles does not want to add to his list of quangos: the exercise was to reduce them in number. But they may be able to access different CABE services.

"We are all on 30-day notices," said the representative, adding CABE initially passed the test on whether to be axed or not but was later deemed not a funding priority."

The government published its list of which quangos would survive and which would go a few days before the spending review. CABE survived that cull.

A week later both culture and communities department said they were pulling funding, totalling around £10m.

"It seems we passed the test," said the CABE representative, "only for them to move the goal posts."

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