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HIP website falls victim to net cull

The official Home Information Pack website is to be scrapped just a year after it was launched as part of a major government website cull.

There are 951 government websites in existence but the Cabinet Office announced last week that only 26 will remain operational.

The government has earmarked 551, including homeinformationpacks.gov. uk, to be culled and has already closed 90. Instead, information will now be streamlined through two supersites – direct.gov.uk and businesslink.gov.uk.

The government estimates it could save £9m a year over three years by cutting back on vanity websites that do not serve a purpose.

The HIP website was launched early last year and plugged as “a dedicated website at for industry and consumers”.

But the government says that with HIP legislation coming into force on June 1 the information needs to be updated. It is believed to be considering launching a new website on HIPs but whether this will be standalone remains to be seen.

Paul Broadhead, deputy directorgeneral for the Association of Home Information Pack Providers, says he is rooting for a standalone website because complicated web addresses can put consumers off.

Dominic Toller, director of marketing at LMS, says: “The government needs to provide more not less information on HIPs because many brokers are still unaware of the opportunities they will bring.”

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