home index Dec 21

  • Home insurance premiums are down 8.2% in the last 12 months 
  • The average annual buildings and contents policy now stands at £138 

A combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing “pricing battle” on price comparison websites continue to cause a downward trend in home insurance premiums, yet elevated volatility is expected in the months ahead with insurers forced to apply new pricing rules, according to insurance analytics expert Consumer Intelligence. 

 

“More people have been staying at home for longer periods – with burglars deterred from breaking into houses and water damage claims down as people are on hand to respond quickly to leaks,” says Harriet Devonald, pricing expert at Consumer Intelligence.  

 

“What we’re also seeing in the home PCW market is something of a pricing battle, triggered by a few providers – with PCW-led distribution strategies – that have been really trying to grow their home book. And this has triggered reactions from some larger players trying to keep up and protect their ground.” 

 

A typical buildings and content policy now stands at £138, a reduction of 8.2% in the last 12 months. 

 

“We expect new business premiums to go up as the market levels out new business and renewal pricing – however by how much, we have yet to see”, says Devonald.  

 

“These new rules are likely to impact home insurance far more harshly than motor, with home insurers having a lot of old and large back books. And some insurers will be affected more than others.” 

 

Long-term view  

Overall, premiums have decreased by 6.9% since Consumer Intelligence first started collecting data in February 2014. 

 

The under-50s homeowner (-8.9%) has taken the lion’s share of this saving, with the over-50s (-4.5%) benefiting slightly less from the long-term drop in prices. 

 

Into the regions  

With some of the most expensive properties in Britain, it’s no surprise that London (£193) continues to be the most costly place to buy household insurance.   

 

In fact, Londoners pay – on average – a third more than homeowners in the neighbouring South East (£145), the next most expensive region for home cover.  

 

The North East (£123) remains the cheapest UK region, with the East Midlands (£128) and North West (£128) following not far behind. 

 

Across-the-board premium reductions continue in all our regions. Double-digit yearly price falls were recorded in both Yorkshire and the Humber (-10.9%) and the South East (-10.2%). Whereas Wales (-3.9%) recorded the smallest declines over the last 12 months. 

 

When looked at over a shorter three-month time frame, home insurance premiums were still falling across all UK regions – the biggest reductions recorded in Yorkshire and the Humber (-4.1%), the South East (-3.9%) and Scotland (-3.9%). 

 

Age differences 

Only £16 now separates our two age groups when it comes to buying home cover.  

 

An under-50s homeowner typically pays £145 for an annual buildings and contents policy, whereas the over-50s pay on average £129 for a similar product.  

 

The under-50s saw their home insurance costs reduce by 9% in the last 12 months, with prices for the over-50s falling 7.1% in the same period. 

 

Property age 

The cheapest homes to insure remain those built this century – with average premiums for properties built post-2000 standing at just £130.   

 

Our oldest segment – Victorian-era properties built between 1850 and 1895 – continues to attract the highest yearly premiums of £179, which reflects the higher cost of claims made by their owners with older properties more likely to develop faults and replacement materials expensive to source.  

 

Again, across-the-board premium reductions were seen in all our age segments – with homes built between 1970 and 1985 (-9.8%) and those erected from 1985 to 2000 (-9.0%) recording the biggest price falls over the last 12 months. 

 

The table below shows average premiums and price rises around Great Britain

 REGION 

CHANGE IN YEAR TO OCTOBER 

AVERAGE PREMIUM (FIVE CHEAPEST) 

Wales 

-3.9% 

£130 

East Midlands 

-5.7% 

£128 

South West 

-7.4% 

£135 

London 

-7.8% 

£193 

Scotland 

-8.2% 

£135 

West Midlands 

-8.3% 

£129 

Eastern 

-8.6% 

£133 

North West 

-8.6% 

£128 

North East 

-9.0% 

£123 

South East 

-10.2% 

£145 

Yorkshire and The Humber 

-10.9% 

£133 

Overall 

-8.2% 

£138 

 

 

Notes to Editors
¹ The cheapest premiums were calculated by comparing the prices offered for 2,100 people by all the major Price Comparison Sites and key direct insurers. The top 5 prices for each person were compared to the previous month’s top 5, then these variations averaged to produce the index.

 


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