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Opposition parties say Hip ‘incompetence’ will cause more confusion

The Government’s last minute Hip U-turn will just create more confusion say Opposition Parties, with the Tories calling for a radical rethink of the policy.

Tory shadow housing minister Michael Gove says the Government must now go back to the drawing board over Hips after yesterday’s U-turn in Parliament.

Speaking after yesterday’s announcement, Gove suggested the timing of the move was also politically motivated and damaged the confidence in the industry and stability of the housing market.

Gove said: “Isn’t it the case that this is a desperate last minute retreat designed to ensure that the Minister of Housing and Planning is airlifted out of the department by her friends in the Treasury in a future reshuffle so she doesn’t have to cope with the chaos she’s created?

“And is it not tragic that confidence in the industry, the stability of the housing market, and the battle against climate change have all been damaged by this Government’s arrogance and incompetence?”

Lib Dem shadow government secretary Andrew Stunell says the whole Hips saga reveals the Government’s incompetence after it admitted that as well as the looming legal battle with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, not enough energy assessors had been trained.

Stunell says: “The piecemeal implementation of this jinxed scheme will only result in yet more confusion for buyers and sellers.”

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