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Viewpoints Is Chancellor pocketing the no-fly duty?

HOW I empathised with Dianne Barnes (Viewpoints), regarding her difficulty in obtaining reasonable travel insurance, having been given the all clear for breast cancer.

I have had the same problem, in fact even worse than Mrs Barnes, in that I usually take out annual insurance, (and have been with the same company for many years) and have been refused cover for the breast cancer, despite, like her, having been given the all-clear.

I am, however, covered for other eventualities.

Furthermore, Gordon Brown (he's still Chancellor isn't he?) should be looking at airlines who are reluctant to refund the air passenger duty, which does not have to be paid if one is not flying!

Because of my circumstances I had to cancel my flight with a scheduled airline from Cardiff, and not having cover, I was unable to reclaim any of the paid fare from the insurers, so I wrote to the airline and requested a refund of the duty, which was only pounds 10.

I have received a response stating that they are only legally obliged to refund pounds 10, and for this they would charge a pounds 20 administration fee!

Surely it cannot be right, if at all legal, to collect a tax and then charge for it to be repaid?

What I want to know is, who monitors the collection, and subsequent payment to the Inland Revenue of these taxes?

Is my pounds 10 going to the Treasury or is it going to the airline's coffers?

It would be interesting to know!

Freda Salway
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 7, 2007
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