2 August 2014

The Conservatives' promise to scrap HIPs immediately they get into power is to be in the party's general election manifesto.

The news was revealed by shadow housing minister Grant Shapps in a meeting with the chief executive of the NAEA, Peter Bolton King, and president Gary Smith.

Smith said of Shapps that he was extremely well briefed and that his approach "was in accord with ours on virtually every point" raised in the meeting.

Shapps also confirmed that the Tories will retain Energy Performance Certificates, whilst making them less bureaucratic.

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