The Herald reports:
The policy unveiled by Labour’s Earthquake Commission (EQC) spokesman Clayton Cosgrove would see EQC levies gathered by taking them off insurance premiums and adding them to rates bills so all residential properties are covered.
The levy is currently $207 a year for most homes but Mr Cosgrove said Labour would also lift the maximum payout by EQC from its current $100,000 cap.
Which will see the levy increase. So that may mean you rates end up going up by over $300 a year.
He acknowledged that the resulting increase in EQC’s total liability would mean the levy would probably have to rise but that insurance premiums would not necessarily fall to reflect the fact they would not include the EQC levy.
“I’ve never seen an insurance premium go down.”
So Labour is proposing that our rates go up by $300 or so but that our insurance premiums don’t go down.
Another winning policy.