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‘Introduction of Hips is far from certain’

The implementation of home information packs is delicately poised and it is far from certain that they will be introduced as planned, according to the CML.

Speaking at the BSA conference, deputy director general Peter Williams raised the spectre of the Government’s recent Sipp U-turn to warn delegates that Hip plans are still subject to the whims of Westminster.

Williams said as more stakeholders plough money into Hips, it will be harder for the Government to backtrack. He said the Government wishes it had never proposed Hips and it is hard to predict future policy amendments as implementation of the new regime nears.

Hip supporter Rightmove head of business services Alex Solomon admitted that a change in Prime Minister in the next six months could derail Hips.

Williams said: “Will the Sipp experience make it easier or harder for Government to think about a U-turn with Hips? Do they think they can get away with it again? I still think the political debate around Hips is very delicately poised.”

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