Yvette Cooper today confirmed the Hips start date despite a shortage in energy assessors but should she have put the date back further?

Today's government announcement confirms that Hips will come into force on August 1, though initially only for four-bedroom homes.

Yvette Cooper

The pro-Hips lobby will be happy to hear that Yvette Cooper is still standing behind information packs but should she have delayed the implementation, or even scrapped them in their entirety?