Weather risk complacency clouds claims judgement

Offshoring and the increased leniency of the Insurance Ombudsman are to blame for a decline in proper handling of weather related household claims, according to meteorology consultancy, British Weather Services (BWS).

"Some 50% of these claims are of a bogus nature," said Jim Dale, senior meteorologist, BWS. "This figure does not refer to fraudulent claims but claims that were wrongly paid or unpaid.

"Recently, insurers have been moving away from proper verification and there has been a broad