UK general insurers extend COVID-19 pledges

Support measures originally planned till year-end

UK general insurers extend COVID-19 pledges

Motor & Fleet

By Terry Gangcuangco

Home and motor insurers in the UK have extended their pledges of coronavirus-related support for policyholders.

Originally due to end on December 31, the pledges will now run for a full year until March 19, 2021. With the pledges in place, office-based workers who are currently working from home because of the pandemic will not see their home insurance coverage impacted, in the same way that motor insurance customers who need to drive to and from work because of COVID-19 won’t have to update their policies.

The pledges also span key workers, whose work is critical to the national response to the crisis and who might have to use their own vehicles to drive to different locations as part of their obligations. The same support applies to National Health Service volunteer responders, who don’t need to expand their existing cover.

“The pandemic continues to cause significant disruption and worry, and the further extension of these temporary pledges reflects the commitment of insurers to helping customers as we battle our way out of the crisis,” said Association of British Insurers general insurance manager Laura Hughes.

“From pledges of extra support, paying over £1.8 billion in COVID-related claims, and donating through the COVID-19 Support Fund over £100 million to help the most vulnerable, insurers continue to do all they can to help their customers and wider society.”

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