AXA rewards safe motorists
Financial giant AXA has revealed a new car insurance policy which will see those with eight or more years no claims bonus receiving a 90% discount on their premiums. This compares to the average discount of 65% on a maximum five-year no claims bonus and will obviously further benefit the vast majority of drivers in the UK who do not claim on their car insurance.
This comes at a time when the AA has confirmed that UK car insurance premiums will rise by between 10% and 15% in 2010 with the majority of the increase caused by uninsured drivers causing accidents on the road. It would appear that slowly but surely we are seeing a polarisation between safe drivers and dangerous (and uninsured drivers) with many other insurance companies certain to follow the lead set by AXA.
Car insurance premiums have been on an upward spiral for many years now with the cost of covering uninsured drivers taken on by the industry and then spread out amongst insured motorists. Whether or not this is a fair allocation of the added expense associated with uninsured drivers is debatable but it is a trend which began some time ago and has ultimately led to a massive increase in car insurance premiums for "no apparent reason".
RBS looks for alternative to government debt insurance scheme
The Royal Bank of Scotland has today suggested it will look for alternatives to the UK government's asset protection scheme in which the bank has agreed to inject £370 billion worth of loans for a fee of £19.5 billion. The idea is that these particular assets will be ring fenced and a line drawn under their potential losses in the short, medium and longer term. However, the £19.5 billion premiu...Read More
Summertime garden theft blues cost £400
Opportunistic garden thieves stole an average of £400 of garden furniture from properties in the UK last year.With the sunny days of British summertime almost upon us, homeowners are being warned to protect their homes this year to prevent green-fingered thieved from spoiling their summer.According to Halifax, insurance claims for garden theft tripled between March and August last year, with item...Read More
Approval granted for UK's first Islamic insurance firm
Regulatory approval has been granted for the first ever specialist Islamic insurance provider in the UK, it has been announced. Principle Insurance has been cleared for business by the Financial Services Authority and will offer home insurance and motor insurance products. In keeping with Shariah law, the firm will not use interest and will shun investments in sectors that contravene Islamic princ...Read More
Halifax issues warning after Met Office predicts storms
Britain is bracing itself for storms over the next 24 hours, in which an estimated 50mm of rain will fall.The south west and north east of England, along with Wales, are expected to be worst-affected by the extreme weather, according to Met Office forecasts.So bad is the forecast that Halifax Home Insurance issued a warning today, recommending that homeowners take steps to protect their properties...Read More
UK banks challenge PPI rules
The UK banking community, backed by the British Bankers Association, has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the PPI rules, which were set to come in on 1 December. These are rules produced by the FSA (Financial Services Authority) in relation to payment protection insurance and more importantly an industry wide review of past arrangements even if there has been no complaint from th...Read More