Closure of architecture body cost £4.6m
Closing down the government’s architecture watchdog cost the taxpayer £4.6 million, accounts show.
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment merged with the Design Council on 31 March 2011 as part of the government’s closure of several quangos.
19 staff transferred to the Design Council and 83 lost their jobs including 76 who were made redundant.
Cabe’s accounts for 2010/11 show it spent £2.3 million on redundancy costs, and £350,621 on early retirement payouts. It spent nearly £1m on ‘onerous contracts’ and £643,487 on impairment charges.
The accounts also reveal the payoffs made to senior staff. Director of resources Charlotte Crane took compulsory early retirement and received£224,902, director of campaigns and education Matthew Bell left under compulsory severance and got a £111,000 compensation payment. Details of payments to deputy chief executive Joanna Averley and director of Cabe Space Sarah Gaventa are not included in the report.