Ahipp calls for wider property market boost
The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has
called for the government to introduce a wide range of measures to
help boost the UK property market.
Ahipp director general Mike Ockenden called on the government to
stop "dithering" on the question of stamp duty to avoid a situation
where people delay purchases while awaiting news of possible
In addition to introducing a stamp duty holiday, Mr Ockenden also
said "incentives to mortgage lenders and support for developers"
would help kick-start the market.
He added that more should be done to bring empty homes back into
use, with the possibility that this could help solve shortages of
housing for key workers in cities.
Housing minister Caroline Flint confirmed on the BBC's Newsnight
programme last week that stamp duty is one of the possible areas
the government is considering changes.
However, she insisted that ministers would not be pressured into
any early announcements.