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Posted: 18/3/2012

Water insurance promotion raises consumer watchdog angst

Scottish Water has been told it's apparent marketing of a private insurance scheme is inappropriate given it's role as a publicly-owned company.

Consumers Focus, the consumer watchdog, made the comments after dozens of complaints from the public over marketing materials. Thousands of customers received letters from Homeserve insurance about taking out cover for frozen or damaged pipes. However, the letters Full Story

Posted: 8/3/2012

Homeowner apathy could line insurers' pockets

Homeowners who don't bother shopping around to compare home insurance deals could be wasting a combined £1.7 billion a year according to new research.

Price comparison site Confused said 70% of people didn't make sure to check quotes every year, while 34% had never changed insurer.

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Posted: 19/2/2012

Boozy Brits hammer home insurance policies

One insurer claims Brits cause around £350 million of damage to their homes each year as a result of drunken behavior.

In figures extrapolated from examining household claims totalling £1.5 million, More Than estimated the average cost of a booze-related claim is £461. The most common outcome is wobbly legged drinkers accidentally breaking or damaging a possession. That's followed Full Story

Posted: 15/2/2012

Extended warranties under the microscope

The Office of Fair Trading is preparing to reveal the finding of a lengthy investigation into the extended warranties market.

The warranties differ from ordinary contents insurance as they protect against electrical items Full Story

Posted: 8/2/2012

ABI increases flood insurance pressure

The Association of British Insurers says more than 200,000 homes could lose flood cover unless the government agrees a new deal with the industry.

Under an existing deal, which runs out in June 2013, insurers Full Story

Posted: 11/11/2011

Flood insurance under scrutiny

An MP has called for a review of home insurance after finding some constituents in flood-risk areas had seen premiums rise five-fold.

Diana Johnson says some people are getting quotes of more than £1,000 a year, with excesses as high as £6,000. She questioned whether the market for insurance was working in all areas.

The complaint has reawakened the debate over the insurance Full Story

Posted: 21/10/2011

Home insurance premiums reach record high

The AA has reported that premiums for both contents and buildings cover have risen, the latter to an all-time high.

The figures, which are based on a survey of multiple insurers, found the average buildings cover is now £152, a 14% rise across the past year. That's been blamed on an increase in claims caused by unusually high levels of severe weather such as storms and flash floods. The most common cause of a Full Story

Posted: 9/9/2011

Precious valuables getting more valuable

Insurers have warned that rising precious metal prices mean home insurance policies may not fully cover valuable jewellery.

With gold and silver prices having rocketed, there are triple risks for policyholders. Firstly, there's been a major rise in the number of thefts involving jewellery: Churchill Home Insurance Full Story

Posted: 13/5/2011

Disasters have knock-on effect for policy costs

Lloyd's of London has warned that insurance premiums could rise as a result of global natural disasters.

The company provides underwriting to insurers, effectively offering them a measure of cover against paying out unexpectedly high amounts. While insurers build in an expectation of disasters when calculating premiums, the first few months of 2011 has seen far more major incidents than usually takes place in such a short spell, including flooding in Australia, earthquake in New Full Story

Posted: 7/1/2011

Insurers and government battle over flood cover

Insurers are continuing to warn that they might not be able to guarantee offering flood protection to some customers if government cutbacks affect the budget for flood defences.

At the moment, the Association of British Insurers has a deal with the government by which it promises to offer cover to all but those at the most at-risk homes, with the government committing to boosting defences. That deal runs out in 2013 and the ABI says that it can't be extended in its current Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: News items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these home insurance news stories may no longer be current.
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