Editorial: Funds are needed to tackle chilling crisis

The US polymath Benjamin Franklin famously argued that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Such wisdom may be 200 years old, but it still holds true today. This week's research by the ODPM into the planning delivery grant is a case in point. There is plenty of good news in this document. The headline for all national and local politicians to digest is that investing in planning not only works but pays off handsomely. As well as plugging some of the gaps left by the profession's recruitment crisis, the grant has raised planning's profile at corporate and member level. Some authorities are investing in their planning service in the expectation of getting more grant, which in turn confers greater kudos on the planning department. The penny has even dropped in those local authorities that used grant money in its first year for anything but planning.

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