Post forward features list

Insurance Post writers are working on the features listed below.


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Topic: To what extent do home insurance and business interruption policies cover financial losses incurred in the event of an evacuation?
Author: Veronica Cowan 

Contact: [email protected] 
Deadline: 25th October 
 

  • When a wall at the Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge was found to have been damaged in heavy rain, residents were evacuated. A flood didn't occur, so there was no damage to the property.
  • How does household insurance work where homeowners have to move out as a precautionary measure?
  • Is that kind of scenario even insurable in a household policy?
  • How about business interruption? Returning business owners have been trying to get compensation – for lost earnings or food and accommodation costs – are such losses covered by business interruption policies?
  • As to the future, does this risk affect the insurability of the properties in the area, and in areas in which there are ageing dams like this one?
  • Will many of the properties in Whaley Bridge now be uninsurable, or will premiums be adjusted to reflect the newly identified risk?
  • What safety regulations are in force for UK reservoirs and how effective are they?

 

Topic: How far has the insurance industry come in embracing data ethics?
Author: Pamela Kokoszka
Contact: [email protected] 

Deadline: 26 November
 

A number of insurance companies have recently partnered with universities to explore data ethics. With the increasing use of machine-learning models, the data being inputted into these model raises a number of ethical issues.

LV has opened a University of Bristol campus data ethics office. Aviva has partnered with Cambridge University to develop new ethical approaches to advising customers through evidence-based science. The partnership will also enable PhD students to develop methods and tools to address real-world issues.

  • How can insurance companies ensure responsible data handling that maintains fairness? (When an underwriter prices risk there are a number of ethical implications.)
  • How can consumer trust be maintained? (Some customers will be happy for their data to be used if they are to benefit whereas others may not be.)
  • What is the impact of technological innovation in data handling? 
  • If errors are found in the feedback process how can this be rectified?
  • What regulations are there for the use of smart technologies? 



Topic: What challenges is the insurance industry facing in attracting and retaining talent?
Author: Harry Curtis
Contact: [email protected] 

Deadline: 11 December 
 

European employers are calling on EU policymakers to address serious skills shortages in the European labour market. Employers warn that growing skills mismatches and labour force shortages in the EU will have a negative impact on innovation and productivity in European industries, including insurance.

  • Are there specific qualifications/abilities needed for the sector meaning it’s difficult to source the right candidates?
  • Is an ageing workforce a challenge for insurance companies? 
  • Are there more people nearing retirement? (Baby boomers are leaving the industry to go into retirement over the next ten years.)
  • Negative perceptions – how is the industry being marketed? How do consumers perceive the industry?
  • Are insurtechs a threat? (A start-up may seem more attractive for graduates thinking of a career in the industry)
  • What strategies have insurance companies implemented to help attract/retain talent?

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