The government was urged to abandon home information packs yesterday after announcing a delay to their final roll-out. The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was delaying until the end of the year the requirement for homeowners to have a 'Hip' before they market their property. Financial Times

Homeowners in England and Wales can begin marketing their property as soon as they have ordered a Hip, but the government previously said that from June 1 they would not be able to put their home up for sale without a pack.

Grant Shapps, shadow housing minister, said the move showed that the packs were not working and urged the government to abolish them.