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Tories label Hips a farce

Four out of five homebuyers taking part in a trial of the government's controversial home information packs (Hips) never actually saw a pack, or only did so after they had made an offer on a property, it has emerged.

Almost three months after it became compulsory for all sellers to provide a Hip, figures published by the communities department showed that in trials before the scheme was rolled out only 40% of buyers were shown a pack.