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Please find below full details of articles currently being written for Insurance Post. 

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New for 2022

‘60 Seconds with’ Post has introduced a new column to really find out what makes middle managers tick? What can’t they live with out, what chores do they hate and what would they call their autobiography? Do you know a middle manager who we should get to know better? Contact harry.curtis@infopro-digital.com

 

Topic: Fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries

Author: Pam Kokoszka
Contact: pamela.kokoszka@infopro-digital.com

Deadline for interviews: 3 June

Background: On 1 March, a ship sailing from Emden, Germany carrying 3,967 Volkswagen Group, including Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley models has sunk. It has been reported that the ship caught fire on 16 February after the lithium-ion batteries in electric cars ignited and the fire could only be extinguished with special equipment. Elsewhere, on 21 March, an electric bike fitted with lithium-ion battery caught fire while being charged at home in Kinson, Dorset, and left the property with severe damage throughout. With this in mind, Post looks at fire risks associated with transport and repair of vehicles fitted with lithium-ion batteries.

Questions:

  • What are the risks associated with lithium-ion batteries?
  • Are insurers seeing an increase in fire claims as a result of lithium-ion batteries igniting?
  • Are there any specific consideration that need to be taken when dealing lithium-ion batteries? What risk management are garages expected to have in place? Is there a specific training people need when dealing with lithium-ion batteries?
  • Is there additional risk associated with transportation of electric vehicles – what safety precautions should carriers apply?
  • How do you safely dispose of lithium-ion batteries? Can they be recycled?
  • What challenges lithium-ion batteries pose for the environment?

Topic: Inflation and insurance


Author: David Worsfold
Contact: david@worsfoldmedia.com

Deadline for interviews: 1 June

 

Background: Inflation is front of mind for the general public and that is no different for the insurance market. Every set of inflation figures since the middle of last year has been higher than forecast. Where is it hitting? How will it impact the insurance industry? There is an entire generation that has not worked or managed a business through a period of high inflation. How well-equipped are today’s insurance managers to respond to this unwanted step into the unknown?

 

Questions:

  • Are insurers equipped to cope with higher inflation?
  • What areas are already feeding through to claims costs?
  • What impact are wage demands and skills shortages having?
  • How are insurers educating the broker and end customer about this?
  • Are insurers pushing up premiums in anticipation of higher claims costs later or are they holding fire hoping those economists who say it is transitory are right?
  • In which areas are supply chain problems exacerbating the problem?

 

Topic: Progress on plant theft

Author: Rachel Gordon
Contact: rachelcgordon@hotmail.com
Deadline for interviews: 8 June

 

Background: It is approaching the first anniversary of ACE, the new police unit to tackle theft of construction and agricultural machinery, which costs the UK around £1m a week. The unit, part of the national intelligence unit focused on serious organised crime, has finally provided some serious clout. What ‘s more, a number of local police forces (including Sussex, Hampshire and Thames Valley) have set up specialist divisions too, as they strive to tackle this lucrative crime, with operations involving drones, stingers and more frequent vehicle stops where plant is being transported, But, it may be too soon for insurer celebration as crime numbers remain high and are fuelled by the desirability of items such as quad bikes and the fact that thieves are also targeting high value tracker units that are easy to pilfer when installed on tractors, for example.

Questions:

  • How have insurers secured police buy-in after so many years of rising claims?
  • Are farmers and landowners too lax when it comes to security and marking and is this changing?
  • What are the main trends in theft and where are stolen items ending up?
  • Has there been advances in data sharing and intelligence gathering?
  • What can be done to further reduce plant theft?

 

Topic: FCA to boost diversity

Author: Martin Friel
Contact: mjfriel1999@yahoo.com
Deadline for interviews: 8 June

 

Background: The Financial Conduct Authority has published its final policy decision for proposals on senior diversity and inclusion tracking, with in-scope listed companies now required to report information on and disclose targets on how well represented women and ethnic minorities are on boards and executive management teams. The regulator scrubbed references to ‘non-binary’ and ‘self-identifying’ from executive and board statement target forms following a deluge of campaigner consultation responses. But has it gone far enough and what other issues were raised in the consultation?

 

Questions:

  • Does the policy decision go far enough?
  • What will firms need to do to meet requirements?
  • How much work will this entail?
  • Beyond ‘non-binary’ issues what other issues were raised in the consultation?
  • Are there any issues the market foresees with the policy?
  • Could there be any unintended negative consequences?
  • Should senior independent directors be included or is this just covering up cracks?
  • What strategies do firms have to meet these goals?

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