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Money Box Live: Insurance

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 at 1502 BST On Radio 4 and Online

From December 2012 consumers will see a big shake up in the way some insurance premiums are calculated with women car drivers expected to pay more for their cover.

The ruling by the European Court of Justice means that from 21st December insurers will no longer be able to charge different premiums to men and women because of their gender.

The AA has calculated that young women drivers who are generally a lower risk to insure than men could see their premiums rise by 25% and men's premiums could fall by about 10%.

The ECJ directive will also affect life insurance, critical illness, income protection and health insurance. Though of course other factors such as age, general health and claims history are also taken into account when premiums are calculated.

Meanwhile the rising cost of insurance, particularly car and home insurance over the past 12 months, is continuing to cause concern to people whose budgets have been squeezed by low wage settlements or by working part time.

You may also have questions about obtaining flood insurance or pursuing a claim after the downpours earlier this summer.

Do you understand how the European Directive could impact on your car, health or life insurance premiums?

Are you concerned about rising premiums?

Perhaps you want some insurance jargon explained?

Do you live near an area at risk from flooding and need advice on getting insurance cover?

How can you find a specialist policy?

Maybe you want advice pursuing a claim?

Who can help if you have a dispute with your insurer?

Vincent Duggleby was joined by:

Malcolm Tarling, chief press officer, ABI

Graeme Trudgill, Technical and Corporate Affairs Executive, BIBA

Clare Francis, Site editor, Moneysupermarket

Presenter: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Sally Abrahams




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