Temporary Cover Enhancements for charities and not-for-profit organisations (January 2021)
20 January 2021
In order to support Methodist customers we previously added some temporary cover enhancements and wanted to provide clarity on how our cover will respond.
- There will be no additional premiums for these enhancements;
- These enhancements apply until any expiry date applicable to them;
- We will review and extend these enhancements for a further period if we deem it appropriate;
- These enhancements will be applied via this Letter of Intent and will apply as if endorsed onto each policy
Employees working from home - this enhancement will apply until 31/3/21
- £2500 any one item
- A maximum of £5000 at any one employee's home.
Liability - health and safety
Premises that are temporarily closed / unoccupied – applicable until 15/02/21
At the time of writing, the latest Government guidance (which can be found here) clarifies that whilst a business may be closed to customers, closed premises can still be occupied for certain purposes including:
- Maintenance, where this is reasonably necessary; and
- Other work to ensure business readiness to open.
In addition, where it is unreasonable for a person to work from home they are permitted to travel to work, provided this can be undertaken safely and in line with the latest Government guidelines.
Our standard policies define “unoccupied” premises as “means vacant untenanted unfurnished empty or no longer in active use for a period exceeding 30 consecutive days” and we apply standard restrictions in cover and conditions precedent to cover that need to be complied with. Normally a higher premium is charged on unoccupied premises;
Whilst the business may be closed to customers, if it is still used or visited by employees etc. (in accordance with Government guidelines), it may not qualify as unoccupied according to the policy definition, i.e. the premises are periodically visited / occupied such that the period between visits / occupancy does not exceed the period in any unoccupied definition. Where a premises does not qualify as unoccupied we confirm there will be no impact on your policy terms, conditions or premium.
However, we do still strongly recommend you implement risk management measures to reduce the risk of damage – please refer to our risk management guidance here for further information.
With weather forecasts predicting prolonged periods of cold / freezing weather across the UK, this risk management is especially important to avoid or minimise losses and disruption to customers’ business activities.
Any visits to or work undertaken at the premises should be in line with the latest Government guidelines.
- Any automatic cover restrictions and conditions contained in the policy will apply;
- You do not need to notify us of this during the period of the national lockdown, but will need to do so once the national lockdown ceases if the premises are not re-occupied and reopened when allowed to; and
- We will not charge an additional premium for the increased unoccupancy risk for the period commencing during the national lockdown up to the expiry date applicable to this policy enhancement.
- Qualified as unoccupied prior to the latest national lockdown;
- Have permanently closed, i.e. will not reopen / be reoccupied when the national lockdown ends;
- Would have closed for reasons other than solely as a result of the national lockdown.
- You should refer to their policy wording for full details of any definitions, terms and conditions that apply;
- This enhancement is generic – it is superseded by any more specific amendments made to your policy by us.