Just to bring you the latest I have picked up: it seems CABE's future lies with the Design Council. Press reports say both organisations have approved a merger, which is now subject to Ministerial approval. I have seen it said that the say-so rests with Housing Minister, Grant Shapps. If approved, CLG will continue funding CABE's design review work, but it looks as though best practice and training will go by the wayside. CLG's funding of £3.5M to CABE would combine with the Design Council's funding of £4M from BIS, to enable the merged organisation to provide a "one-stop" shop for design covering products, servies, buildings and places.