The British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) is the UK 's leading general insurance organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers. BIBA membership includes 1,700 regulated firms. BIBA brokers handle around half the value of all UK home, contents, motor, travel, commercial and industrial insurance policies. Insurance brokers make a direct and indirect contribution of 1% to UK GDP.
BIBA is the voice of the industry advising members, the regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues. BIBA provides unique schemes and facilities, technical advice, guidance on regulation and business support and is helping to raise, and maintain, industry standards.
BIBA outlines the key issues for brokers in the Queen's speech to Parliament
The Queen’s speech on 21 June set the Agenda for the next Parliament and covered a number of issues that might particularly affect brokers and their customers. BIBA’s positions on these matters are outlined below.
Civil Liability Bill
BIBA is part of the Insurance Fraud Task Force upon whose recommendations this Bill will act. BIBA along with the rest of the industry wants to see a dramatic reduction in insurance fraud and tackling fraudulent whiplash claims has long been a Manifesto issue of ours. We support measures that will help those genuinely injured to be paid fair compensation where it is due but equally believe that tough measures to reduce fraudulent claims need to be in place.
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill
Appropriate supervision of CMCs is part of the solution to tackle increasing fraudulent claims and this is something we called for in our Manifesto where we asked for Government to bring forward legislation that would begin the new regime of FCA regulation of CMSs. We understand that this will be addressed in the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill and we welcome it.
It is estimated that fraudulent whiplash claims add 20% onto motor premiums and the absence of sufficient, effective regulation of CMCs has fuelled exaggerated claims. This Bill is a giant step forward in reducing fraud and creating a fair approach to regulation.
On financial guidance we have put forward recommendations to Government regarding the replacement for the money advice service. Our concern is that the consultation paper had not one single mention of insurance yet the insurance industry pays for its operation. We await the detail of this part of the Bill to see if this has been addressed.
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill
BIBA has put forward our views in response to the Government Pathway to Dirverless Cars proposal last autumn followed up with a letter to the scrutiny committee and we are pleased to see the plan to extend compulsory motor insurance in respect of Autonomous Vehicles but we await the detail of the bill to assess how insurance arrangements are proposed to be effected.
Armed Forces Bill
BIBA is pleased to see that the Government will continue to deliver on the Armed Forces Covenant to which we are a signatory and we will continue to push for signposting for members of HM Forces to be able to access appropriate insurance to meet their specific needs.
Data Protection Bill
As expected this Bill will include the provisions of the GDPR and will continue to work with legislators and regulators to ensure that have the greatest possible understanding of how data is used in our industry.
The Great Repeal Bill will bring us out of the EU and as ever the devil is in the detail in respect of the legislation relating to our exit of the EU. In a recent meeting with DExEU we put forward in no uncertain terms the issues that affect insurance brokers especially in relation to mutual access to the single market and passporting. We we look forward to reading in particular the detail of the Trade Bill.
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