An interesting rebound effect of public spending cuts in the UK is that the UK Design Council and CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) are to merge. The move brings UK policy for design, architecture and public space together in a single organization.
The new entity will provide a one stop shop for design support and advice to industry, communities, central and local government.
Among services already provided by both the Design Council and CABE are expert advice to local councils, developers and communities on major proposed projects; promoting the value of good building and spatial design to businesses and communities; facilitating well-designed new homes and neighbourhoods; mentoring and advice to businesses, public services and university technology offices on the strategic use of design; and high profile design challenges that explore innovative solutions to health, security and sustainability issues.
The new organization, as an independent charitable organisation, will be financed through a combination of sources including grants from the government ministries dealing with Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Communities and Local Government (DCLG).