Companies responsible for training home information packs (HIPs) assessors have hit back at claims that there will not be enough trained inspectors when the packs are introduced in June.

The government says it needs about 4,000 trained assessors to inspect homes and issue energy performance certificates, but with less than eight weeks to go, concerns have been raised about the numbers of staff.

But Energy Assessors, a leading training company, said it was on track to hit their target of providing 1,000 inspectors by June and that others were too. It said that 10% of their initial intake of 600 people were ex-military people.