Insurance News Archive
Anti-Hip campaign launched
Objectors to the controversial Home Information Packs (Hips) continue to put pressure on the government, as the Conservative party launches a celebrity campaign.
Kirstie Allsop, presenter of Channel 4's Location, Location, Location, joined Michael Gove, shadow minister for housing, at the launch of the Conservative's "Labour's dodgy Hips" campaign.
She attended in order to lay further pressure against the widespread use of the packs, which are scheduled to become compulsory in June 2007.
"Moving home is one of the most stressful things anyone can do; I fear this new system will make it worse, not better," she said.
"These packs will be just an additional burden on top of soaring council tax bills, inheritance tax and stamp duty," she added.
The president of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), Charles Smailes, has also joined the throng of ongoing opposition, criticising the government for its "narrow view" and suspicion that protestors were worried about losing money.
Mr Smailes said: "We urge the government to start paying attention to the concerns of its opposition, the entire property industry and the public who, according to NAEA research, will not welcome the introduction of Hips."
13 Jul 2006