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Bogus insurance claims hit record high
Bogus claims cost genuine policy holders £44 a year extra on their premiums. Photograph: Steve Cole/Getty Images Dishonest householders making bogus claims on motor and home insurance policies pushed the value of detected insurance fraud to a record £840m last year.The ...
Aviva warns of soaring insurance premiums despite 21% rise in profits
Aviva: 'double digit' increases in motor premiums. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Consumers are facing soaring car and home insurance premiums as two major insurance companies, Aviva and RSA, raise the cost of cover and warn of further rises to come.Aviva, Britain's biggest ...
FSA fines broker £150,000 in insurance fraud clampdown
The FSA has this year banned 14 individuals for failings relating to insurance businesses. Photograph: Clive Gee/PA Archive/Press Association Ima The Financial Services Authority has imposed one of its biggest ever fines for an individual and has banned five individuals for ...
Global warming pushes up building insurance costs
An abandoned car in flood water in Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, February. Increased flooding is pushing up insurance claims and premiums. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters Householders face higher building insurance premiums after a sharp increase in property damage blamed on climate change. A rise ...
Insurance: Cover up those excesses
Taking out a policy can prevent charges piling up. Photograph: David Levene UK householders can insure all their policy excesses with one low-cost annual payment. Insure4excess, which made its name offering car hire users cheap excess insurance, will now cover all ...
Meet Mr and Mrs Average Brit
Mr Average: The median British man drives a Ford Fiesta Do you own a 32in Toshiba TV? Then keep a close eye on it – it is the household item most likely to be stolen or damaged, according to Britain's biggest ...
Man without cover liable for damage to property next door
William MacGeagh: Being chased for a repair bill for which he says he is not liable. Photograph: Frank Baron They may look half-dead at the moment, but unruly trees in your back garden could be ruinous when spring returns. As property ...
Paws for thought: petty crime costs homeowners hundreds
A nose for trouble: Thanks to Basil a faulty cistern cost Jill well over £600. Photograph: Jill Insley Pets have caused around £690 of damage to the average UK household in the past year, according to product comparison website Confused.com, but ...
Loyal home insurance customers reminded to shop around
A Leicester teacher is warning those with elderly relatives to make sure they are not being overcharged by insurance companies after her father was quoted almost £650 – four time more than he needed to pay – to insure his modest Derbyshire home.Elaine Henderson contacted Money after working out that ...
Subsidence sends home insurance quotes soaring
The word 'subsidence' tends to send home insurers running for cover. Photograph: Andy Drysdale/Rex Features Every year, at home insurance policy renewal time, I get that same sinking feeling. I cannot switch provider easily because my five-bedroom Victorian terraced house in ...