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NAEA calls for Beckett to suspend HIPs

Following Margaret Beckett’s admission that the government has spent £1.3m on promoting Home Information Packs, Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents is calling for their elimination.

He says: “Home Information Packs are simply not working.

“Firstly the cost is punishing sellers in the pocket at a time when they really need all the help that they can.

“More galling, they are spending this money in the knowledge that 77% of buyers admit that they paid no attention to the pack whatsoever.

“Margaret Beckett herself admitted that HIPs are not working – but now she seems to have buried her head in the sand along with the rest of her department. HIPs are confusing to customers and act as a dampener on a housing market which is essential to Britain’s economic recovery.”

He adds: “With all indicators pointing to a troubled year ahead the NAEA calls on Mrs Beckett to suspend HIPs while the housing market is suffering and re-examine their viability once the market has begun to pick up.”


Your intergalactic dividend

Apparently the UK Shareholders’ Association is forming an action group to represent shareholders angry at the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS and what it describes as creeping government control of the now super-bank.

Curriculumvitae: Chloe Taverver

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Goldsmith Williams hosts Chinese delegation

Goldsmith Williams, the Liverpool based law firm, has hosted a delegation of Chinese business people who visited the law firm to analyse its use of advanced data management technology.

Jet blast

While the rest of us are cutting down and swapping our triple quilted toilet tissue for the supermarket’s budget range, it was good to see Royal Bank of Scotland trimming some of its spending.

How to use wills to protect your clients’ wishes

March was Free Wills Month! Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in selected locations around England and Wales. Research by the Law Society* highlighted that only 64 […]


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