Liberal Democrats: Homes for all and HIPs to history

There should be quality social and private rented housing available for those who need or choose it. And it should be easy to keep your home warm without harming the environment; British houses are frequently poorly insulated, wasting money and contributing to global warming.

The key Liberal Democrat Manifesto housing points are:

• Make sure that repossession is always the last resort by changing the powers of the courts.

• Bring 250,000 empty homes back into use with cheap loans and grants as part of our job creation plan.

• Begin a national programme to insulate more homes paid for by the savings from lower energy bills.

• Make sure every new home is fully energy efficient by improving building regulations.

• Investigate reforming public sector borrowing requirements to free councils to borrow money against their assets in order to build a new generation of council homes, and allow them to keep all the revenue from these new homes. Over time, we will seek to provide a greater degree of subsidy as resources allow to increase the number of new sustainable homes being built.

• Scrap burdensome Home Information Packs, retaining the requirement for homes to have an energy performance certificate.

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4 thoughts on “Liberal Democrats: Homes for all and HIPs to history

  1. Major Landlord

    While this is largely a rip-off of the Conservative manifesto, at least it proves that more and more people have seen through Labour job-creating and tax-raisng quangos.

    There’s a simple lesson here, and I hope the HIPs brigade are paying attention: NO economy can survive or prosper when a shrinking element of hard-working and productive people are made to support a growing element of welfare spongers, and state-endorsed paper-shufflers.

    What GB plc needs is people to MAKE things and SELL things, preferably abroad. That’s the only way our economy will recover, our balance of trade will be restored, and we can stop selling our silver to stay afloat.

    To vote Labour in the next election is to condemn us to irreversible decline. To vote Lib Dem is to produce a hung parliament that will scare the world’s markets. The only real option is Conservative. They always were, and always will be, the party of business. And it’s business that pays for EVERYTHING in our economy.

  2. Mesur

    Before the introduction of the HIP, Solicitors were providing the search and other information contained therein already and CHARGING FAR MORE FOR IT (as they do…). A COSY ARRANGEMENT that hadn’t changed for over 70 years. Arguable the costs to the home seller has been REDUCED since the introduction of HIPS – on the assumption that most sellers will be buyers and, if a sale falls though, would have to pay for the searches anyway. At least with the HIP, you only pay once. Hasn’t this been explained to the critics many times? They just choose to ignore this and the media leap on the bandwagon!

  3. Kevin

    It seems the HIP industry is finished. With it looking more and more likely that Labour are long gone, and both the Tories and Lib Dems planning the abolition of the HIP market. This is going to put myself and 10,000’s of others out of work. I’m wondering where a guy like me should head?. I’m 34, a father of 2 with a mortgage and a HIP business soon to be in tatters. Should I head back to college? or wait until they chuck me to the back of the dole que?. Anyone else a little nervous about the next 60 days?

  4. Max

    I don’t understand how people think that somehow the HIP is some sort of tax on property? Even in it’s less-than-ideal form its a genuinely useful document that can reduce the time taken to complete a conveyancing. Could it be improved? Of course!! Anyway my main point is that the potential for a hung Parliament and some sort of coalition is likely to focus any new Government on survival and not be too worried about a not-very-interesting document. And if the Lib Dems hold the balance of power the EPC will stay (which could easily be abolished despite the EU directive) – so some sort of Home Something-or-other Pack will stay. So Kevin don’t give up hope yet!!

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