The Government has spent over £82,000 promoting Home Information Packs and energy performance certificates in the south-east alone it emerged last week.
The total figure for the entire country will be much higher – between April 2006 and May 2007 the Department for Communities and Local Government placed a total of 852 advertisements in the press and relevant magazines – of these, a total of 538 were in magazines or newspapers.
Some 299 advertisements have now been re-scheduled and will be used to promote the phased introduction of home information packs on August 1.
Responding to a written parliamentary question from Tory MP Michael Gove, Yvette Cooper also clarified the position on estate agents selling homes with HIPs provided by rival agents.
She says: “There is nothing in the regulations to prevent an estate agent from selling a property with a home information pack produced by another estate agent, provided that the pack complies with the terms of the regulations.”