Admiral flouts FCA insurance renewal rules

Admiral flouts FCA insurance renewal rules
We will continue to keep a close eye on the industry’s response to ensure firms are complying with the new rules and will take action where necessary.

Admiral has agreed to contact customers who may have been given inaccurate information in renewal documents.

New rules introduced by the FCA in April 2017 require firms to clearly show the insurance premium a customer paid last year alongside their proposed renewal premium.

However the FCA found that Admiral included inaccurate premium amounts in renewal documents issued to some customers by publishing last year’s quoted premium, before discounts were applied, rather than what the customer actually paid. Admiral will now make changes to ensure it is fully compliant with FCA rules.

Admiral has agreed with the FCA to contact affected customers who renewed their policies after 1 April 2017, who may have received inaccurate information.

If affected customers choose to go to another insurer, they will be able to cancel without penalty and will have their premium refunded.

The FCA is currently assessing firms’ implementation of these rules to ensure that firms are giving customers clear and fair disclosure on their renewal prices. The FCA has seen good practice but some concerning examples and will continue to address specific concerns with individual firms.

Jonathan Davidson, Executive Director of Supervision - Retail and Authorisations, said: “It is vital that insurers give customers the right information so they can easily compare premiums and make a choice whether to shop around.

“When introducing these measures, the FCA was clear that firms should be ready from April 2017. We will continue to keep a close eye on the industry’s response to ensure firms are complying with the new rules and will take action where necessary.”

An Admiral spokesperson said: "We apologise for any confusion or inconvenience caused to customers who received an inaccurate renewal document. We are amending the way in which these customers are able to compare the price of the insurance policy being offered at renewal with what they paid the previous year. We are getting in touch with affected customers to ensure they are fully satisfied. Admiral is committed to offering fair and transparent pricing to all customers."

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