The cost of home insurance in the UK has seen a significant increase in recent months, primarily driven by the impact of severe weather events and rising costs of materials and labor for repairs.

Key Points

  • According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the average combined home insurance premium (buildings and contents) was £375 in the first quarter of 2024, a 19% year-on-year increase from the same period in 2023.
  • This surge in premiums is largely attributed to the costly damage caused by storms Babet, Ciaran, and Debi between October and November 2023, resulting in £573 million in weather-related claims paid by insurers, the highest on record.
  • The rising cost of construction materials and labor needed for repairing and rebuilding damaged homes has also contributed to the increased cost of settling claims, with the total value of claims paid by insurers jumping by nearly 10% to £2.55 billion in 2023.
  • Comparison site data shows even higher premium increases, with Consumer Intelligence reporting a 40.6% year-on-year rise in quoted premiums as of January 2024, and Compare the Market recording a 31% increase in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023.
  • Properties that have previously flooded are facing significantly higher premiums, with an average increase of 117% compared to homes without a history of flooding, according to Compare the Market data.
  • The ABI notes that while the rise in combined premiums over the past year remains below the inflation rate, the cost of many building materials has increased above inflation.

Impact on Household Budgets

The substantial increase in home insurance premiums adds further strain to household budgets already grappling with the rising cost of living. Homeowners, especially those in areas prone to flooding or severe weather events, may need to reassess their budgets and explore ways to mitigate the impact of higher premiums, such as shopping around for better deals or increasing voluntary excess to reduce costs


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