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Committee seeks answers from Association of British Insurers on response to coronavirus

26 March 2020

Rt Hon. Mel Stride MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, has today written to Huw Evans, Director General of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), to seek answers on how the insurance sector is responding to coronavirus at a time when many will look to their insurer for both flexibility and assurance.

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) guidance to insurance firms on what it expects of them during this time, Mr Stride has written to the ABI to further understand the industry’s response to coronavirus.

The questions asked by Mr Stride are below:

  • How many of your members (by type of cover, e.g. commercial, travel) have ceased to offer a product since the onset of the crisis?
    ◦ Where products have ceased to be offered, can you provide the type and number of products that have been taken out of the market?
  • How many of your members (by type of cover) have changed the terms of a product:
    ◦ While it is in force (number of products and type)
    ◦ At renewal (number of products and type)
    ◦ At initial purchase (number of products and type)
  • Can you provide examples, by product, of how policies have changed, while in force, at renewal or at initial purchase?
  • Can you provide, on a weekly basis since 1 January 2020, the aggregated number of policies sold by type of cover, separated by renewal or initial custom?
  • Can you provide information on how firms have communicated to customers, both current and potential, how things have changed in the market, and where exclusions, or changes in when policies can be called upon, have also changed?
  • Can you provide an estimate of the amount of money, in aggregate, your firms expect to pay out for business disruption in the face of the coronavirus?
  • Can you provide details of the approach that your members are taking in respect of business interruption insurance, given the government’s recent announcements concerning the effective moment of the requirement for businesses to close?
  • Can you provide details of the approach that your members are taking regarding the provision of cover for the costs to business relating to Covid-19 and where there may be some flexibility shown in respect of this element of potential cover?
  • Given that the NHS has secured an agreement to use private hospital facilities and staff, what are the implications for the cover that firms are able to provide to individuals with private health insurance policies?

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