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ABI Plea For Longer Riot Claims Period Approved By UK Government

The Association of British Insurance companies, the ABI, has issued a statement clarifying the position of Insurance and Claims for Riot Damage.

The ABI warn…..

On current estimates insured losses and damage suffered by individuals and UK businesses are likely to be well over £100 million.

The ABI has reassured customers that they are covered for riot damage under their home and business insurance and claims will be paid by their insurer as quickly as possible. People with insurance should claim directly from their insurer as soon as they can.

Riot Damages Act 1886

When a riot happens a statutory police compensation scheme is activated to provide compensation to organisations and individuals for losses that they could not possibly have predicted. This compensation scheme has existed on the statute books since 1886 with its operation having stood the test of time for the last 125 years.
The scheme means that people who are under insured or do not have insurance have somewhere to go for compensation and redress.

Other organisations, including insurers, can claim under the scheme for money they have paid out to their customers for loss and damage they have suffered as a result of the rioting, although insurers will themselves be liable to pay for business interruption losses, which are not covered by the scheme.
The scheme means that people do not have to pay higher premiums every year to insure their home or business because of a riot which may only happen once every thirty years.

For example, shopkeepers in Tottenham have still been able to get insurance, despite events in 1985, and have not had to pay extra because the police compensation scheme gives individuals and organisations, and their insurers, certainty that costs of the unexpected will be covered.
Contrary to some reports, neither the Home Secretary nor the police need to designate the events as a “riot” in order for the police compensation scheme to be activated. The law sets out a range of criteria for this, for example the number of people causing a disturbance.

Extension of Claims Period

The ABI met with the Home Secretary on Tuesday and have written to ask her to extend the claims period to the police compensation schemes from the usual 14 days to the maximum 42 days to give people the time they need to fully assess the loss and damage they have suffered and properly submit their claim.
Insurers’ priority is to support people affected by the riots in London and other major cities, and people are urged to contact their insurer as quickly as possible to start discussing their claim. Many firms have 24 hour helplines and are on hand with support and advice.

David Cameron has just finished speaking for 165 minutes on the riots in the House of Commons, and has confirmed that the ABI’s request will be met and the period extended to 42 days.

Mr Cameron also stated that the Riot Damages Act provided ‘unlimited’ funds for those affected by riots and both the Treasury and the Home Office would provide the financial support for claims against local police authorities.

Riots and Business Insurance Claims For Property Damage

The impact of riots on the community can have long-lasting and unforeseen effects.

Riots may not last very long, but the time to put a community back to where it was takes a lot longer.

For a business or property owner the work ahead can be daunting.

The actual damage to each premise needs to be accessed and repaired.

This can take time and may depend on whether adequate insurance was taken out to cover the damage.
If adequate insurance is in place insurance companies need to access the damage.

Putting Things Right

There maybe damage to the property, injury to staff, residents, tenants and owners.
Tenants maybe homeless. New temporary accommodation needs to be found.

Loss Adjusters need to be appointed to look and access the damage and give authority for repair work to commence. Quotations from repairers have to be given and of how long and when work can commence once agreed.
Immediate remedial damage may need to be repaired eg windows boarded up, broken glass cleared, any unstable structures removed .

Removal of goods not stolen need to be placed in a secure area to avoid further loss. Further accommodation and storage space may need to be found.

Vehicles may need to be hired if transport or commercial vehicles have been damaged. This can also delay work be carried out if contractors have damaged vehicles as well.

Evaluating Business Continuity and Business Interruption

Shop keepers and property owners have to decide if they can continue to trade and should ask themselves the following question:

Is the structure safe?

Do they have still have goods to sell?

Is there chance of further rioting?

If thieves have raided the shop will new stock have to be ordered?

How long will the stock take to deliver?

Are supplies of gas, water and electricity working ?

Have staff been injured or mugged?

Can staff get to and from work?

Are staff involved in the riots in any way?

Have they been arrested or injured?

Will they need time out because their homes have been damaged?

Are there any customers or are they too scared to enter the area or have police closed the area?

Claim

If you have been affected by the riots it is imperative that you contact your insurance company immediately to pursue a claim. If you do not have insurance but have been affected and have suffered loss, visit your local police station and report the incident and inform them you wish to make as claim under the Riot Damages Act of 1886.

For more information on the various types of business insurance and commercial property insurance available for riot and civil commotion cover, visit UK Commercial Insurance.

Police Negligence Fails to Mitigate Riot Insurance Losses

Watching live coverage of the riots as they happened across the UK it was quite clear that the Police were totally unprepared to deal with incidents of this type, and more worryingly their laissez-faire approach has cost this Economy tens of millions of pounds in damage that could have been avoided.

Listening to these patronising Chief Constables talking about how they were going to go after these criminals  ‘after the event’ made Insurance blog feel sick.

Countless stories appeared on the TV news of how business people saw the Police stand by and watch doing nothing to prevent their livelyhoods being trashed by mindless kids.

From recent dealings with the Police I am disgsuted that their attitude to everything is that Insurance is there to pick up the bill for their professional negligence.

Well it isn’t!

Insurance Blog urges all UK Insurance companies to refuse to pay for riot damage where the Police stood around idly and watched a bunch of kids run riot.

Under UK Law if the Police are not able to deal with a situation the risk becomes Fundamental and is the responsibility of inept UK coalition Government, and not covered by any insurance policy. The taxpayer will then be footed with the bill for damage that could have been mitigated.

Insurance Blog predicted that the minority conservative Government would cause riots on the streets of Britain and we were right. If the cuts continue there is a lot worse to come!

Don’t rely on the Police saving your home and property and if the trouble gets any worse, they just stand around filming, and I’d read that fineprint of that policy very carefully!

UK Unemployment hits record heights

The UK Government have just released the latest economic indicators from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and it makes grim reading. doom and gloom awaits us all if the trends continue……

If you haven’t taken out unemployment insurance yet, there may still be a little time, although given latest figures you will have to move as fast as the postman with the redundancy notices, as UK Unemployment hit record heights.

Here’s the facts of the state of Britains Economy

These are graphs showing the working age employment rate and the unemployment rate

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to November 2010 was 70.4 per cent, down 0.3 on the quarter.

The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by 69,000 on the quarter to reach 29.09 million.

The last time there were larger quarterly falls in the employment level and rate was in the three months to August 2009.

The number of people working full-time fell by 37,000 on the quarter to reach 21.16 million and the number of people working part-time fell by 32,000 to reach 7.93 million.

Part Time Working at all time high!

The number of employees and self-employed people who were working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 26,000 on the quarter to reach 1.16 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

The unemployment rate for the three months to November 2010 was 7.9 per cent, up 0.2 on the quarter.

The total number of unemployed people increased by 49,000 over the quarter to reach 2.50 million.

Male unemployment increased by 43,000 on the quarter to reach 1.48 million and female unemployment increased by 6,000 on the quarter to reach 1.02 million.

Youth Unemployment at record levels!

The unemployment rate for those aged from 16 to 24 increased by 1.0 on the quarter to reach 20.3 per cent, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

The number of unemployed 16 to 24 year olds increased by 32,000 on the quarter to reach 951,000, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

Redundancies on steady increase.
There were 157,000 redundancies in the three months to November 2010, up 14,000 on the quarter.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) fell by 4,100 between November and December 2010 to reach 1.46 million, although the number of people claiming for up to six months increased by 7,200 to reach 960,300.

The total number of male claimants fell by 6,600 on the month to reach 1.02 million but the number of female claimants increased by 2,500 to reach 439,300.

The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to November 2010 was 23.4 per cent, up 0.2 on the quarter.

The number of economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64 increased by 89,000 over the quarter to reach 9.37 million.

Early Retirement at Record levels !

The number of people who were economically inactive because they had taken retirement before reaching the age of sixty-five increased by 39,000 on the quarter to reach 1.56 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1993.

Wages Stay the Same!
The earnings annual growth rate for total pay (including bonuses) was 2.1 per cent for the three months to November 2010, unchanged from the three months to October.

The earnings annual growth rate for regular pay (excluding bonuses) was 2.3 per cent for the three months to November 2010, unchanged from the three months to October.

The Oulook.

Very Bleak!  The current situation is comparable to the early Thatcher years and the axe has yet to fall on 600,000 public sector workers. The knock on effects to the high street of this contraction in money flow will damage small to medium sized businesses as demand inevitably drops. Further unemployment within the already contracted private sector is inevitable as orders dry up and the unemployment queues will increase.

All sectors of the economy will suffer from this so called ‘double dip recession’ particularly high end products and high street businesses will suffer. Insurance will not have an easy time either! Already we are seeing once profitable sectors like shop insurance virtually disappear as a viable large market as the number of shops rapidly decreases. When was the last time you saw a high street travel agents or hardware store? The pattern is being repeated across all sectors of the UK Commercial Insurance market.

Coupled with this we are under immense inflationary pressures from energy prices and global food markets which inevitable, although foolishly, will lead to the Bank of England be foreced to politically raise Interest rates. After all, there are no more weapons in the economic arsenal.

Darwinian ConDemNation.

The future is blue and orange and civil commotion – If you are not a merchant banker, are you fit enough to survive?