Average home insurance premium climbs 3.1% in last three months

Home insurance premiums have climbed sharply in the past three months as tax rises take effect, new analysis from insurance market research experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

Average premiums have risen 3.1% to £119 in the past three months following the introduction of Insurance Premium Tax increases in November.

Consumer Intelligence’s analysis – which is used by the Government’s Office of National Statistics to calculate official inflation statistics – found the tax rise is being passed directly to homeowners reversing years of falling premiums.

Recent storm and flood damage could exceed £1.5 billion, according to analysis, and will increase the pressure on premiums.

Consumer Intelligence’s research monitors the five most competitive home policies across price comparison websites and direct insurers and underlines the need for homeowners to review their premium at their next renewal.

Homeowners aged 50-plus are paying slightly less on average than younger customers – average premiums for over-50s are £110 compared with £127 for the under-50s.

But price rises are relatively similar in the past three months – for the over-50s premiums are up 2.9% compared with 3.3% for the under-50s.

Home insurance customers can take some comfort from recent price falls – average premiums are still slightly below the rate of a year ago but only by 0.8%. However they are 9.5% lower than in 2014.

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