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General Insurance Spring Seminar. Friday 21 May 2004, Staple Inn Hall. Coping with Domestic Problems. Household Help. Spring Seminar 2004. Presented by Susan Ley and Graham Oswald. With input from Uma Baska and Cheryl Russell. Household insurance – what it covers

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friday 21 may 2004 staple inn hall

General Insurance Spring Seminar

Friday 21 May 2004, Staple Inn Hall

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Coping with

Domestic Problems

Household Help

Spring Seminar 2004

Presented by

Susan Ley and Graham Oswald

With input from

Uma Baska and Cheryl Russell

what will this presentation cover
Household insurance – what it covers

Detailed look into specific perils

Benchmarks

Current issues

Audience participation

What will this presentation cover?
household insurance what is it
The term ‘Property’ insurance refers to both commercial and domestic insurance.

Household is domestic only.

Household insurance provides coverage against loss to buildings and contents from certain perils and occupiers liability

Coverage is to indemnify insured for the loss, subject to any limits or excesses

Indemnity is either - Full Indemnity or New for Old

Household insurance - what is it?
perils subsidence
Perils - Subsidence

Photo courtesy of Cunningham Lindsey

worrying perils
What trends do you think the claims cost will experience over the next 3 years, compared to the last 3 years, for the following perils?Worrying perils
  • Accidental damage
  • Escape water through Pitch Fibre pipes
  • Escape water excluding Pitch Fibre pipes
  • Floods
  • Subsidence
  • Fire
  • Public liability
  • Terrorism
  • Other
worrying perils1
Worrying perils

Survey Results - Prediction of perils which will display the most worrying trends over the next 3 years

Least

Worrying

Terrorism

Other

Fire

Accidental damage

Escape of water through Pitch Fibre pipes

Subsidence

Escape of water excluding Pitch Fibre Pipes

Public liability

Floods

Most

Worrying

perils subsidence1
Perils - Subsidence

Photo courtesy of Cunningham Lindsey

perils subsidence2
Perils - Subsidence
  • Movement of foundation due to changing ground conditions
  • Principal cause is soil shrinkage around property
  • Seasonal pattern
  • Reporting of claims tends to move with housing market
  • Average claim size is less than £6,000, but substantial repair work can top £30,000
perils subsidence3
Perils - Subsidence
  • ABI agreement
  • If claim within first 8 weeks with a new insurer, old insurer pays 100% of the claim
  • If claim after 8 weeks but within the first year with a new insurer, old insurer pays 50% and new insurer pays 50%
  • If claim after a year with a new insurer, the new insurer pays 100% of the claim
perils subsidence4
Perils - Subsidence
  • Heat wave – summer 2003
  • Times article 11th August
  • Insurers are preparing for a fivefold increase in number of subsidence claims
  • How to fund increase in claims?
  • Insurance Times article 21st August
  • Leading loss adjuster “There will be a blip, but it will not be a huge event
  • This view is backed by the ABI
perils subsidence5
Perils - Subsidence

Times article 8th April 2004

  • Churchill reported a 300% year-on-year increase in subsidence claims last year, as did Direct Line. RSA also saw a 225% rise in claims.
  • Although many insurers say the increased cost of subsidence claims will not be passed to policyholders, insurance brokers expect an 8% rise in the cost of household insurance policies this year.
perils weather floods
Perils – Weather: Floods
  • Flooding is a growing problem in the UK
  • ABI flood moratorium ended 31 Dec 02
  • ABI issued a Statement of Principles on the provision of flood insurance.
  • Implementation dependent on various action from Government, with an annual review of progress.
current issues reinsurance
This graph plots trends in the cost of catastrophe reinsurance cover for the UK property market over recent calendar years. 2003 purchasing patterns are used to calculate the price that would have been paid each year since 1992 for the same cover. The price was then indexed to 1992 values.Current issues - Reinsurance

Source Benfield Greig

trends in average cost by peril
Trends in average cost by peril

Source : Norwich Union – based on sub-sections of the household account

current issues inflation
Current issues - Inflation

Source: RICS / BCIS

household insurance coverage quiz
The next few slides show some incidents.

Which are generally covered by Householder’s Building and Contents policy?

?

Household insurance coverage quiz
first claim
The owner’s dog escapes from the garden and causes a car accident ?

What about if it is the owner’s horse ?

?

First claim
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Any

Questions?