Design Council becomes independent not-for profit

14 October 2010
London (United Kingdom) - As announced by the Cabinet Office today, the Design Council is to retain its charitable status and become an independent not-for profit organisation incorporated by Royal Charter.
London (United Kingdom) - As announced by the Cabinet Office today, the Design Council will cease to be a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) but will retain its charitable status and be an independent not-for profit organisation incorporated by Royal Charter.

It will continue to work as an independent organisation in close partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to place design at the heart of society and the economy. This work will focus on three areas outlined in the review: design demonstration, knowledge networks and design policy advice to government.

The Design Council will continue to be financed through a combination of sources, as has been the case for the last few years. This includes reduced funding from government, subject to the outcome of the spending review, and contracts with others, for example, with government departments to act as an intermediary when commissioning complex public projects. These will be strictly in accordance with the Design Council's charitable objectives.

There is a significant amount of work ahead in order to translate the recommendations of the review into an operational plan and new structure for the Design Council. These details will be announced shortly.

The Design Council is not being closed down and will continue to act as advisor and intermediary delivering key services to government and government funding will continue, subject to the outcome of the Spending Review. It will continue to work as an independent organisation in close partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to place design at the heart of society and the economy. This work will focus on three areas: design demonstration, knowledge networks and design policy advice to government.

To find out more, visit www.designcouncil.org.uk.



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London WC2E 7DL
United Kingdom
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