Wednesday, March 15, 2006

MP'S BILL TO DITCH THE DEFECTIVE HIP

Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, has secured a 'Ten Minute Rule Bill' in the House of Commons on 18th April which, if successful, would see the end of the Home Information Pack. The 'Housing Act 2004 Amendment Bill' will provide a focus for debate and expose the weaknesses in the government's case.

Mr Liddell-Grainger says: "I am convinced that Home Information Packs were well intended but always fatally flawed. I am determined to stop the process before it starts in order to save everyone involved a great deal of heartache and hard cash."

Recognising the contribution to HIP opposition made by the SPLINTA campaign Mr Liddell-Grainger goes on: "The weight of evidence against HIPs is mounting fast. SPLINTA has performed a remarkable job in recruiting hundreds of prominent estate agents to the cause. Even the cautious souls in the Law Society and the Mortgage Lending industry are getting stuck in."

The newly created role of the Home Inspector may prove to be a short-lived career. Says Mr Liddell-Grainger: "I got involved when a personal friend told me he was thinking of training as a Home Inspector. He showed me the paperwork. And the huge cost. It looked like a confidence trick. The sad reality of this half-baked scheme is that thousands of innocent individuals are already parting with their pounds to train for a role that has not been properly defined or implemented. They are signing up to training providers and kissing goodbye to almost £10,000 a piece in order to be taught skills inferior to that of a surveyor. They have been encouraged by the Government to believe that new lucrative careers are there for the taking. They have been cruelly misled."

Nick Salmon of SPLINTA welcomes Mr Liddell-Grainger's initiative. "The more MP's of all parties learn about the defects of the HIP proposal the less they like it. Those I have spoken to immediately grasp the fact that the only people who will benefit from HIPs are the commercial organisations being set up to cash in on the annual billion pound market supplying packs. The Home Information Pack - 'Prescott's Penalty' on home owners - is going to be an expensive disaster for the property market. Mr Liddell-Grainger's Bill should therefore be of interest to all MP's and, most importantly, their constituents"

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