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BACKDOWN OVER LAND FEE REFUND

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The government has abandoned plans to force councils to refund fees for all land searches not completed in 10 worki...
The government has abandoned plans to force councils to refund fees for all land searches not completed in 10 working days.

Housing minister Sir George Young announced last week that new proposals would extend the deadline to 15 days if a council met the 10-day target for at least 95% of searches conducted in the previous 12 months.

However, Sir George added that pressures on parliamentary time would mean legislation on the targets was unlikely to emerge before October 1995.

The Association of District Councils and Association of Metropolitan Authorities welcomed the rethink, saying the DoE had accepted their argument that a 100% success rate was unreasonable.

The two associations produced evidence to show that most delays fell into the 11 to 15-day category. They claimed administering the scheme would cost more than the refunds, which would have been 25% of the full fee.

'We oppose a statutory system as we already have a successful voluntary scheme,' said Tom Yellowley, chair of

the AMA's environmental health and consumer affairs committee.

'Already 80% of councils complete searches within 10 days and the situation is improving.'

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