United Kingdom News

Telematics-Based Car Insurance Policies in UK Increase by 40%: BIBA Survey  

The number of live telematics-based motor insurance policies, including black box policies, in the UK has increased by 40 percent, according to the latest annual research by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA). These types of policies can offer savings …

U.K. Gives Go-Ahead for Driverless Cars to Be Tested on Motorways

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will give the green light for driverless cars to be tested on U.K. motorways, helping to make the technology available to consumers by the end of the decade. The government also aims to remove …

Insurers Could Find an Early-Mover Advantage from Telematics: Fitch

The motor insurance industry faces a significant shake-up from two waves of technological innovation – the growth of telematics and the development of driverless cars, according to Fitch. Over the short term, telematics will have a bigger impact on the …

Willis Towers Watson Appoints New Senior Leadership Team for Great Britain

Willis Towers Watson, the global advisory, broking and solutions company, announced a group of senior leadership appointments within its Great Britain business. Ailsa King will lead the Client Organisation in Great Britain, which will embrace sales, account management, regional development, industry focus and …

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 …

UK’s Chancellor of Exchequer to Double Budget to Fight Cyber Terrorism

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced he’ll double funding to strengthen the U.K.’s cyber defenses, while refusing to confirm that budget cuts to be announced next week would spare Britain’s police forces, as Europe braces for further attacks from Islamist extremists. The …

HSB Engineering Insurance Launches Cyber Insurance Cover for UK SMEs

HSB Engineering Insurance has launched a new cyber insurance product aimed directly at small to medium-sized businesses in the U.K. In response to the growing demand for insurance solutions to cover cyber risks, HSB’s Cyber Insurance product provides computer, data …

JLT Employee Benefits to Buy Corporate Unit of Close Brothers Asset Mgmt

JLT Employee Benefits has agreed to acquire the corporate business of Close Brothers Asset Management Limited for an undisclosed value. JLT EB said the deal will boost its client portfolio and strengthen its market share in pension administration, investment consulting …

UK Chancellor of Exchequer Angers Insurers by Raising Premium Tax

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne angered Britain’s insurance industry by unexpectedly increasing a tax on policy holders that is expected to raise an extra 1.8 billion pounds ($2.8 billion). The insurance premium tax will be increased to 9.5 percent …