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Cracking summer: UK insurers expect rise in subsidence claims

August 27, 2018 12:00 pm

Several big-name insurers have said subsidence incidents are up 20% on this time last year. Insurers are bracing themselves for a spike in subsidence claims after this summer’s heatwave led to cracks appearing in walls across south-east England. Several big-name insurers have reported that subsidence incidents are up 20% on this time last year. The fear is that that those returning from holidays will see fresh damage and in September there will be an influx of substantial claims. Heather Smith, the managing director of LV’s general insurance business, said: “Homes across the UK have certainly been suffering as a result...

Devastated family whose house burned down on New Year’s Day dealt second blow as insurers say policy is void

August 13, 2018 10:56 am

The Andrews family woke up on New Year’s Day to find their Somerset home engulfed in flames A family whose home was ravaged by fire on New Year’s Day have been dealt a second devastating blow after their insurance company declared their policy void. Carey Andrews lives at Syles Farm in Henstridge Marsh, Somerset with her mother Gaynor Pearson and her brother Theodore. So far 2018 has not been an easy year for the family. They woke up on January 1 to find their precious home – where they have lived since 1993 – engulfed in flames. Although fire crews extinguished the blaze the...