Enterprise Bill becoming law spells good news for the insurance industry and for business according to the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA)

5th May 2016

On 4 May 2016 the Enterprise Bill received its Royal Assent and will be enacted as law in 12 months. This new Act means good news for the insurance sector and good news for business.
One of the key parts of the new Act will be to create an addendum to the Insurance Act 2015 which will include the right to sue for damages for the late payment of insurance claims. The law already provides for damages in respect of damages under other commercial contracts, and the new law will allow businesses to bring an action for damages if they have suffered financial loss because of a late insurance claim payment.

For insurance brokers the Act also contains measures that will help reduce the regulatory burden on business including;
• ensuring that there is even greater transparency around the impact of regulation on business;
• enabling regulators to contribute to the government’s deregulation target of £10bn of regulatory savings during the current Parliament;
• requiring regulators to produce an annual performance report setting out the effect that their duties have had on the way they have exercised their functions which should include the views of businesses;

The regulatory bodies to be subject to these measures are set to include the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) when the Statutory Instrument to make the change is made public later this year.
Steve White, BIBA Chief Executive said; “In our 2016 Manifesto we called for this move towards a more deregulated environment to include the FCA. In February the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills indicated this would be the case. BIBA members pay £28m into their FCA fee block – a disproportionately high amount compared to the risk they pose – and we are delighted that there will soon be a requirement to report to Government about the effect that regulation ‘red tape’ has on growth.”

Graeme Trudgill; BIBA Executive Director concluded; “As well as being potentially good news for insurance brokers, this new law benefits their business customers too particularly because of the change to the Insurance Act 2015 to include damages for the late payment of claims which BIBA lobbied for. This is a piece of legislation that we support and which we see as a major economic stimulant.”
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1. For further information please contact BIBA press office:
Pam Quinn, Communications Manager
020 7397 0223
quinnp@biba.org.uk

 

2. About the British Insurance Brokers’ Association
The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) is the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.
BIBA membership includes just under 2,000 regulated firms.
General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy and BIBA brokers employ more than 100,000 staff.
54% of all general insurance is sold by an insurance broker and they arrange 79% of all commercial insurance business.
Insurance brokers put the client’s interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.