Saturday, 27 July 2013

Council Home Insurance Partnership Makes Peace Of Mind Affordable

A new home insurance scheme has been launched by South Cambridgeshire District Council to help tenants protect their possessions at a price they can afford.

The District Council has teamed up with insurance firm Jardine Lloyd Thompson Tenant Risk to offer tenants and leaseholders cheaper contents insurance that is more suitable to their needs.

The policy specialised for tenants provides contents cover of up to £9,000 for anyone under 60 and £6,000 for over 60s with no excess if a claim is needed. Other policies often have much higher levels of cover which many tenants have needed to pay for although they do not need it.

Mr Ray Pritchard, 83, of Ash Grove, Melbourn, is a Community Navigator volunteer for Care Network who helps older residents to find services that might be beneficial to them. He recently helped a District Council tenant to find out more about this scheme and she was very pleased.

He said: “On a personal note I’ve been looking at insurance for some time as it is a difficult matter that many older people struggle with. This is really good long term scheme that I am keen to raise awareness of in our communities as insurance is very important. I’d like to see more insurance companies take note of the scheme and have something similar for non-council tenants if they’re not already doing it.”

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Many tenants tell us that the cost of insurance puts it out of their reach and I am really pleased we have been able to work with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Tenant Risk to design this scheme. It has been heartening to receive calls from people who are so pleased we have been able to do this for tenants. It is both a scheme that meets many people’s needs at a price they can afford.”

The insurance scheme is specifically for Council housing tenants and leaseholders only.

For further information on the scheme visit www.scambs.gov.uk/content/tenants-home-content-insurance