Friday 21 July 2017

Another stealth tax would merely add to the storm over keeping the floods at bay

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Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

The Floodmaggedon caused by Storms Frank and Desmond raise a series of questions about inadequate flood defences, when it's right to withhold insurance cover, climate change blindness and the consequences of planning failures by successive local governments.

But the answer to none of the above is to impose another stealth tax.

Consumers should not be obliged to shoulder the Floodmaggedon burden via a levy on policies, any more than individual householders in flood-prone areas ought to be cast adrift without insurance options.

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