Lashley supports compulsory insurance insurance

Minister of Housing Michael Lashley would be in full support of a compulsory home insurance scheme in Barbados.

Lashley, who now holds the Transport and Works portfolio, told his colleagues in Parliament Tuesday that there needs to be a concerted effort to educate Barbadians on the importance of insuring their homes, particularly given that tremendous pressure is put on the Ministry of Social Care when people are displaced by fire or, as can happen during the hurricane season, storms damage their homes.

“There might be a time in Barbados that we would have to institute a scheme of compulsory home insurance. I would support it,” said the Member of Parliament for St Philip North.

“If we can provide legal aid for persons who commit capital crimes like murder, why is it that the state can’t be involved in a compulsory form of home insurance to protect the poor and vulnerable in this country? I would support any Cabinet minister who comes with a proposal to ensure that there is some form of compulsory home insurance.”

Lashley made the comments in his contribution to debate on a resolution to acquire the site of the old District ‘E’ Police Station in Station Hill, St Peter and vest it in the National Housing Corporation (NHC) for housing development.

He also addressed the issue of illegal extensions on NHC units.

Citing statistics to demonstrate that officials at the Government agency were aware of those unapproved extensions, Lashley said: “Lammings Housing Area in St Joseph has four illegal extensions; the Ivy Housing Area has 31 illegal extensions; Haynesville in St James has 67 illegal extensions; Bonnett’s in Brittons Hill has 39; Deacons Farm has 132; Eden Lodge has 81; Ferniehurst has 49; Golden Acres in St Peter has 20; Grazettes has 113 and Pinelands has 299.”

However, he pointed out that in some cases, the extensions were made to alleviate cramped conditions that result from a family getting larger. In some other instances, Lashley said, enterprising tenants used extensions to set up small businesses to bring in income.

He therefore urged officials to treat with these cases humanely and sensitively.

7 Responses to Lashley supports compulsory insurance insurance

  1. Frank White June 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I am in more favour of educating the masses not legislating them. You talk about compulsory insurance for homes where the idea of home insurance is ok but the manner in which you all wants to thrust it upon the masses is unjust… This will only benefit your campaign contributors who just like vehicle insurance, give you the run around when something happens..

    I for one can’t seems to figure out what the yard fowls and the paling cocks see in you politicians because you all so far haven’t brought anything to the table that is of benefit to the Black community…

    Most of the time, the yard stick is, other countries does this and other countries does that but yet, the same countries incarcerate crooked politicians but Barbados int touching that, not with a 100 feet pole…

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  2. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Around here is becoming a dictatorship ,look how you going dictate I go on bush hill to pay insurance for the two by three or go Dodds.

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  3. Tony Waterman June 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Minister of Housing Michael Lashley would be in full support of a compulsory home insurance scheme in Barbados.
    “There might be a time in Barbados that we would have to institute a scheme of compulsory home insurance. I would support it,” said the Member of Parliament for St Philip North.

    WOW!!!! so set me straight, if the House owner CANNOT AFFORD to pay Insurance, is Mr.Lashley going to pay their Insurance premium, or is he Going to Take away their House????

    “If we can provide legal aid for persons who commit capital crimes like murder, why is it that the state can’t be involved in a compulsory form of home insurance to protect the poor and vulnerable in this country?

    Another BOONDOGGLE in the makeing!!!!OMG. Common Sense!!! Not so common anymore .

    How about Fire/Smoke Dectors, and Compulsory Water Sprinklers over Kitchen Stoves where most of the Fires Start, when Pots/Pans are left unattended ???

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  4. smiley June 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    How about compulsory jail time for corruption in government.How about compulsory jail time for carrying money out of the country that is gained dishonestly.How about compulsory jail time for MPs who are millionaires and can’t provide evidence to prove that it was lawfully gained.How about compulsory elections and eviction of corrupt politicians who mismanaged the taxpayers money and make the middle class poor people……I will stop here .

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  5. hcalndre June 17, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Smiley, are these politicians for real? Insurance companies in Barbados is what I will cal Ponzi schemes, where a few people benefits, e.g. Clico. I understand that they don`t pay if they can prove that a PSV had one person over the limit, every one on that vehicle should be compensated. I agree with you Smiley about sending them to jail because they can`t proved how they could legally accumulate that wealth in 2 terms.

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  6. Ossie Moore June 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    It looks as`though political office in Bim means an office chair filled with Cow itch and a room full of centepedes.

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  7. Jea Alleyne June 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    @ Smiley and hcalndre…. well said !! They are laughable and what are the masses going to pay house insurance with, when the NSRL and VAT are taking away people money with every Blessed purchase….. he must feel we all work for the money that they are used to spending….. SMH. Some people are so out of touch

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