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NAEA asks the government to listen

The National Association of Estate Agents has asked the Department of Communities and Local Government to listen to its Home Information Pack and environmental concerns, rather than dismiss it as a dissenter.

Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the NAEA, says: “We regret that the DCLG is insinuating that the NAEA and other sectors of the industry are resistant to change due to them currently making money out of the home buying and selling process.

“This is unfortunately another example of a failure to listen to our previous comments.

“Far from resisting change, agents will welcome real improvements to the current system.

“It is after all in estate agents’ interests if fewer sales fall through.

“However, as we have said on numerous occasions, the proposed costly HIPs are not the answer.

“We have asked for an industry meeting with the government to discuss the position in its entirety. As we stated yesterday this request has been ignored.

“Of even greater concern is the DCLG’s disappointment that the industry rejects measures to help prevent climate change by the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates.

“The NAEA not only supports the introduction of the EPC, but is one of three awarding bodies for the domestic energy assessor’s qualification.

“Our two concerns are whether there will be enough assessors in all areas of the country by June 1, and at what stage during the buying and selling process the EPC should be required.”


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Under the radar – Fit for Work and sickness absence

Earlier this month we sat in on a presentation delivered by the Fit for Work service, and this session did highlight one small but important change to the offering that we must admit had slipped under our radar. The Sickness Absence Review published in 2010 suggested that the Independent Assessment Service (now branded Fit for Work) should have three access points; referral by […]


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