West Midlands MEP James Carver has reacted angrily to the possibility of council tax bills being hiked in flood hit areas.
The idea of local authorities raising funds for flood defences through council tax, based on a Somerset scheme, is being supported by Environment Secretary Liz Truss.
“So far this year my constituency has not been too badly affected but we all remember the flooding in Worcester in 2007 and thousands of homes are still at risk of flooding.
“Having your home or business flood damaged is a terrible thing with extreme financial and emotional costs. I think it is outrageous for the government to pass the buck to local councils: flood defence is a national issue and should be properly funded out of central funds.
“We’ve all seen the images of flood destruction in Cumbria and while life carries on as normal for Liz Truss and other government top dogs thousands of ordinary householders and business people are struggling to survive and it is adding insult to injury to moot hiking council tax bills.
“Obtaining insurance must be impossible for those living in risk zones which is in itself a heavy burden to bear and I strongly object to them being further hit in the pocket by bureaucracy which has already let them down,” said Mr Carver.
“I hope that the two Worcestershire MPs who have met the new Environment Agency boss to press for more flooding investment will join with me in objecting to it being funded out of local pockets,” he added.
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