ABI extends COVID home and motor support

UK Insurers have announced they are to extend their support to workers at home and drivers until the end of the year.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) had announced a range of support for workers in the face of COVID crisis in April. Yesterday it revealed its members had agreed to extend that support until 31 December 2020.

The continued extra support could be of significant help to many of the UK’s 17 million home insurance policyholders and 27 million motor insurance customers, as:

  • During June nearly half (49%) of people in employment were working at least in part from their home according to the Office of National Statistics.
  • In April, according to NHS England, over 750,000 people signed up to be NHS volunteers in some way.

Under the terms of the agreement, if you are an office-based worker and are working from home because of the pandemic, your home insurance cover will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover.

If you have to drive to and from your workplace because of the impact of COVID-19, your insurance policy will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover.

Also, if you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to transport medicines or groceries to support others who are impacted by Covid-19, your cover will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover. This applies to all categories of NHS Volunteer Responders, including transporting patients, equipment, or other essential supplies.

Laura Hughes, ABI’s Manager, General Insurance, said: “The extension of these temporary pledges underlines the commitment of insurers to helping customers through these continued challenging times. 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 during the crisis”.

The temporary pledges remain under review said the ABI. The next review of home and motor insurance will take place in advance of 31 December.

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