Association of British Insurers News

Re/Insurance Business Leaders Begin to Comment on Post-Brexit World

The UK joined the European Union in January 1973, and yesterday, the UK public voted to leave. After 43 years of marriage, the divorce proceedings will soon begin. No one knows how long it will take for the UK to …

UK’s Insurance Act May Lead to More Intense Rate Competition: Fitch Wire

A new U.K. law, designed to make it harder for insurers to dispute commercial insurance claims, could lead to more intense price competition and slimmer margins for the sector, according to Fitch Ratings. The Insurance Act, due to take effect …

Flood Damage from UK’s Winter Storms to Cost Insurers $2 Billion: ABI

Flood damage in Britain from winter storms has resulted in claims for more than 15,000 homes and businesses and is likely to lead to pay-outs of 1.3 billion pounds ($1.9 billion), the Association of British Insurers estimates. Three winter storms …

Britain Raises Insurance Premium Tax to 10% to Fund Flood Defenses

Britain’s finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday he would raise the tax on motor and home insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points to 10 percent to fund flood defenses, boosting insurance shares as the rise was smaller than anticipated. The tax hike follows a 3.5 …

Fisher Appointed CEO of U.K.’s Chartered Insurance Institute

Sian Fisher has been appointed CEO of the London-based Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)*. She succeeds Dr. Sandy Scott, who announced his retirement in March last year. Fisher will take up her new post on Feb. 1 Fisher has a large …

Storm Frank Batters North Britain; Total Storm Losses Could Top $4.5 Billion

Torrential rain and gale force winds battered northern Britain on Wednesday, cutting power to thousands of homes and forcing some to evacuate flooded streets in the third major storm in a month. The Environment Agency said Britain had faced an …

Update: U.K. Insurers Face Flood Claims up to $2.2B – with More Storms Ahead

Insurers are facing some of the costliest British floods on record as large parts of northern England, already inundated, brace for more heavy rain. Accountants estimate that insurers are currently facing a bill of up to 1.5 billion pounds ($2.22 …

British Insurers Adjust Risk Models after Costly Repeat of 100-Year Floods

British insurers could have to pay out up to £250 million ($377 million) in claims to owners of homes and businesses, industry specialists said on Monday, after the northwest of England suffered once-in-a-century floods for the second time in 10 …

UK Chief Regulator Appeals to Insurers as She Fights to Keep Top Job

UK Financial Conduct Authority acting chief Tracey McDermott appealed to insurers to get behind the regulator, setting out her plans for the industry as she fights to keep the top job. “While our roles are different, and while a degree …

Insurers Unprepared for Costs of Climate Change, Warns UN Climate Diplomat

Insurers are unprepared for the costs of climate change, the top United Nations climate diplomat said as world leaders make final preparations for a deal on global warming. The agreement, which the UN expects to seal in Paris in December, …