Today we woke up to yet another shock after a UK election and we wait to see the outcome of the Prime Minister's negotiations to form a government over the coming days.

For the country many questions will remain on what the result means for Brexit and the economy, and for key policy decisions on ageing, health, housing, education and skills.

When much of our lives can seem clouded by uncertainty, design can provide a mechanism for us to look forward and positively respond to change. More than ever, our economy and our politics will rely on creative thinking and innovation. Design Council believes that good design is at the centre of solutions. It can drive economic growth, improve our shared built environments and tackle social challenges. It can also bring people together. This will not stop after an election result, and over the coming days, Design Council will continue to look to the future.

First and foremost, we must aim to keep design talent in the country. Britain has some of the best designers in the world – it is vital that we remain the best place in the world for them to be. These minds will discover – design – how we can raise living standards; pay for social care; rejuvenate our health service; build homes and create places that enable all of us to prosper and live healthier, fulfilling lives.

We call on the new government to position design at the centre of its plans for a healthier, more prosperous Britain and to use it to respond positively to change.

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News & opinion

Catherine Horwill argues that housing planning needs people placed at the centre A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed. This should include innovation within the planning system, pursuing funding and financing alternatives and embracing the efficiencies of modern methods of construction. A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed.

Feature — 07/08/2019

Inclusive Design at the inaugural Festival of Place: Our CEO, Sarah Weir OBE, reflects on last... Design Council have long been advocating for a ‘whole-place’ and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities. That’s why being part of the inaugural Festival of Place in July 2019 was a refreshing experience. Design Council have long been advocating for a whole-place and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities

Feature — 07/08/2019

Meet the Spark finalists 2019 This year, another 10 ventures are selected as Design Council Spark programme finalists. Their challenge was to come up with bright ideas for independent living, that will make life at home easier and better for all. Read on to find out about the products that will be refined and transformed over... This year, another 10 ventures are selected as Design Council Spark programme finalists.

Feature — 23/07/2019

It might be contentious, but ‘building beautiful’ could fix housebuilding There is a general consensus that the system of how we build houses, places and spaces in this country simply isn’t working. While the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission may not be the catchiest name, the term ‘beautiful’ will always prove to be contentious. There is a general consensus that the system of how we build houses, places and spaces in this country simply isn’t working.

News — 16/07/2019