The Conservative Party has been challenged to a public debate on the pros and cons of Home Information Packs (HIPs), by HIP Payment Services.
Jeff Smith, chief executive of HIP Payment Services, accuses the Tories of deceiving the public by using celebrity star Kirstie Allsopp to champion the anti-HIP campaign.
Smith challenged the Conservatives to reveal how they would improve the home buying and selling process without using HIPs, as part of a public debate to be held in the New Year.
He says: “The time has come for the industry to challenge this cynical and frankly absurd opposition campaign. The home buying and selling public have been constantly mislead and misinformed by the Conservative party and their spokespeople, and it is time the industry got together to have it out.”
HIP Payment Services also criticised Kirstie Allsopp, presenter of Location, Location, Location, for being a vehicle for Conservative propaganda.
According to Smith, despite Allsopp’s claims that she is acting as the ‘voice of the consumer’ in the HIPs debate, she is actually a Tory politician acting as a spokesperson for the opposition.
“Whilst masquerading as a people’s champion and ‘voice of the consumer’ on HIPs for the past two years, the truth is that Kirsty is simply the vehicle for a campaign of see-through celebrity propaganda from the Tories,” he says.
“Throughout her entire involvement in the HIPs debate, Kirstie Allsopp has failed to disclose the fact that she is a Tory politician, and therefore has merely been an opposition spokesperson from day one!”
HIP Payment Services is organizing a public debate in the New Year and has invited many stakeholders and representatives to take part.
A recent IFAonline straw poll found 89% of advisers do not think the full rollout of HIPs will help first time buyers.
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