The cost of home insurance continues to fall compared to a year ago, with an average combined building and contents policy costing 79 pence a day - less than a litre of milk – the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said today.
Figures from the ABI’s latest Quarterly Average Household Premium Tracker* show:
- The average annual premium paid for a combined buildings and contents policy was £288, or £5.54 a week. This is the same as the previous quarter and down 2% compared with the same quarter last year. Combined policies account for nearly three quarters of household premiums.
- The average annual premium paid for a buildings only policy was £238 or £4.58 a week. This is a 5.3% increase compared with the first quarter of 2015, but a 1.2% decrease from the same quarter a year ago.
- For contents only insurance, the average annual premium paid was £125, or £2.40 a week. This is up 4.2% on the first quarter of this year but is down 5.3% compared to a year ago.
Mark Shepherd, the ABI’s General Insurance Manager, said:
“When the worst happens, home insurance is a life-line. If a home is flooded or catches fire, families can lose personal possessions within minutes or sometimes be left without a roof over their head. Home insurance helps millions of people every year cope with what can be a very traumatic event and makes sure they have somewhere safe to stay.
“The cost of this essential protection for homes and belongings remains stable, meaning people can on average insure their homes and belongings for less than the daily cost of a litre of milk, giving them vital peace of mind.
“UK consumers benefit from a competitive home insurance market to ensure affordable priced protection for their homes, but with an increase in insurance premium tax adding £9.48 to the average premium from November, this will mean a further increase in costs for customers.”
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