Michael Gove suggests the return of Home Information Packs is an option if Conservatives win the election.
During an interview on yesterday’s Radio 4 PM show, Michael Gove, the former shadow housing minister, said that Home Information Packs (HIPs) could be looked at again by a new Conservative government.
He said: “What we can revisit is to look at the way, in the past, some of the arguments behind Home Information Packs which Labour hoped to deliver before 2010 had some validity.
“The implementation of HIPs was botched but we can look again at this process.
“I wouldn’t want to pre-judge what the outcome is but we all know that the process of buying a home can be complex and it can be the case sometimes that the same information has to be generated more than once.”
Conservative Housing Minister Grant Shapps scrapped Home Information Packs as soon as the coalition government came to power in 2010.
HIPs were widely disliked by the public and property industry as many believed they were not fit for purpose and hindered the property market rather than helped.
If the Conservatives do look at reintroducing HIPs it is to be hoped that a proper consultation takes place this time.