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Less than half have life insurance

Most people don’t like to think about death, but many try to put some sort of plan in place in case the worst happens. Yet fewer than half of adults (41%) say they have life insurance.

Defaqto launches new Star Ratings for whole of life policies

Defaqto, an independent researcher of financial products, has launched new Life Assurance Star Ratings for whole of life policies to help advisers and consumers identify where products sit in the market in terms of the overall quality they offer.

58 per cent car insurance price increase for being unemployed

Although the cost of car insurance is generally falling, some drivers are faring less well than others. The latest analysis from MoneySuperMarket reveals those out of a job are paying a high price for being unemployed.

Aviva detects £110 million of insurance fraud, up 19% over 2012

Aviva detected over £110 million worth of insurance fraud in 2013 – a 19% increase compared with 2012.

UK first-time parents spend £492 million preparing for baby

First-time UK parents spend more than £492 million each year, preparing for the arrival of their first baby, according to research from life insurance provider Aviva. This equates to £1,619 per family and shows a 17% increase to the £1,389 total in March 2012.

esure recognises AEB drivers in motor insurance reductions

esure Group has announced that through its esure and Sheilas’ Wheels brands, it is recognising the safety benefits of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems by offering premium reductions across particular Volvo, Mazda and Mercedes models1 from mid-April 2014.

Co-operative Pet Insurance offers puurfect getaway and 20% online discount

The Co-operative Pet Insurance is offering new customers a free one night getaway when they take out pet insurance for their four-legged extended family members.

RAC creates telematics joint venture with Quindell

The RAC and leading insurance and telecoms technology business Quindell have announced a joint venture creating a new business, Connected Car Solutions Limited, to distribute their world-leading telematics technology with an initial £30m investment.

The things we really want travel insurance to cover

Delayed flight, ferry or train departures, and disappointing accommodation head the list of holiday-spoilers travellers wish they could be insured against, while bad weather, inedible food and rude hotel staff also ranked highly on holidaymakers’ insurance wish list.

We could be killing our pets with kindness

New research published by Direct Line Pet Insurance reveals even our dogs now gorge on junk food, giving rise to fears of a pet obesity epidemic.

Half a million motorists caught driving without insurance

Almost half a million UK motorists (473,564) were handed penalty points for driving without insurance (an IN10 endorsement) between 2010 and 2013, according to analysis of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Churchill Car Insurance.

New specialist insurance company broadens drivers’ horizons

A new specialist broker service aimed at the higher than average premium market is set to widen the options available to motorists looking for insurance.

World’s biggest pet insurer streamlines UK claims processing

Kodak Alaris announces that Agria, the biggest pet insurer in the world, has turned to document scanning to streamline the whole process of managing claims in its UK operation.

Uninsured drivers rife on UK roads

One in seven (15 per cent) UK motorists have admitted to breaking the law by driving a car they were not insured to drive, with younger drivers continuing to be the age group most likely to offend (35 per cent), according to the latest research from MoneySuperMarket.

Life cover that’s also meant for living

Being able to claim on your over 50s life cover policy whilst still alive isn’t the norm.