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2019 general election manifesto

Introduction from Alan Jones, RIBA President

"We live in uncertain times but the changes needed to deliver a better country cannot wait. Action is needed on the climate emergency, the housing crisis and building safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  The next government must commit to bringing together the right regulation and the best expertise to tackle the huge challenges our country faces.

This manifesto outlines how architects can use their expertise, experience and passion to help our politicians ensure that the built environment is safer, better and more sustainable. Good design does not cost the earth: more of the same won’t cut it."

Download our general election 2019 manifesto, and read the key points below.

Our priorities for the next government

Willow Barns

Housing and planning

Whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever your situation, you should have the right to expect your home to be affordable, safe and sustainable. This won’t happen without a rethink about how houses and communities are planned, designed and built.

Goldsmith Street

Climate emergency

The RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge goals set out a pathway to a greener and more sustainable built environment which covers the construction, use and reuse of buildings.

Grenfell Tower

Building safety

England has fallen behind other countries in our approach to fire safety regulation. We need strong, clear and prescriptive baseline fire safety requirements to ensure that buildings are safe by design.

Antwerp Port House, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Brexit and beyond

We need skills and immigration systems that allow us to build on these strengths and continue to develop domestic and international talent. The UK is a global hub for architecture; the next government must play its part.

Summary of manifestos

We've looked at the manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats and summarised them alongside the key points from our manifesto.

Download the 2019 general election manifestos summary (PDF, 112KB).

Find out more

Read our manifesto in full, or sign up to receive our Political Update emails (sent every Friday when Parliament is sitting).

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