North West MEP Paul Nuttall 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.
“Many people in my constituency, particularly in Cumbria, have suffered terribly from flooding problems in the last few months and with the awful prospect of even more potential problems in the next few days and weeks,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader.
“It is totally wrong 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.
“Many people have had their hard-earned homes and businesses severely damaged in Cumbria and those fortunate enough to escape the worst of the floods have still been adversely affected.
“While life carries on as normal for Liz Truss and other government top dogs thousands of ordinary householders and business people are literally struggling to survive and it is adding insult to injury to moot hiking their 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 Nuttall.