Hip provider Spring has offered incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown a Hip as he makes his move to his new address on Downing Street this week.
The firm has already done most of the work for the Hip for Downing Street. It now just needs the go-ahead from the next Prime Minister to check energy efficiency for the Energy Performance Certificate.
Initial checks by Spring have shown the title deeds to Downing Street are in the name of current Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott under his title of First Secretary of State.
Spring is urging Mr Brown to become the first to have a HIP ahead of the new delayed launch of the packs which are aimed at making homes more energy efficient while also cutting the risks of house transactions falling through.
Spring chief executive Stephen Foden says: “Gordon Brown can be pretty certain that his move will go smoothly with no chance of getting gazumped or running into legal problems at the last minute.
“And of course he’s not buying the house so he won’t get to see a HIP from the seller. However we believe he ought to become one of the first to experience the new law. But of course we are not suggesting the delay in the launch of HIPs was to help the new Prime Minister avoid the need for a HIP.
Foden adds: “A HIP for Gordon will help us all know just how energy efficient – or not – Downing Street is and if nothing else will be a boost for other HIP providers to see that the new Prime Minister is committed to the packs despite the recent U-turn.”