Brownian Motion on HIPS
The Government was forced into a humiliating and chaotic climb-down over Home Information Packs yesterday, Ruth Kelly announcing that they would be postponed indefinitely for four out of five homes....Yesterday, experts predicted further confusion from new regulations that appeared to have been made up on the spot.
The packs will now come in two months later than planned, with no start date for smaller houses.
In a further sign of problems, ministers admitted they did not have a legal definition of what constituted a four-bedroom house....
Miss Kelly denied that Gordon Brown had been behind the delay because he feared that an adverse impact on the housing market next month could overshadow his arrival at No 10.
The Government is creating a "make work" scheme for hundreds of home energy inspectors, who face being unemployed for months. Councils and landlords of social housing will be "invited" to introduce EPCs on a voluntary basis to provide work.
Is it just me or does Ruth Kelly always sound as though, when she is speaking with that mouthful of marbles voice, she is debating whether to spit or swallow?
So Gordon's reign starts as it will continue; "nothing to do with him", fiascos, lies and "make work" schemes in the name of fatuous goals, and behind it all the unspoken kowtowing to EU directives.