Covéa Insurance successfully launches new household claims service

2nd April

Covéa Insurance has today announced the successful launch of its in-house Household Claims service, following the in-sourcing of the management of its household claims.

The company has recruited and trained a forty strong team of claims specialists, at its Halifax based office, who will manage its household claims service. As part of the service offering, the company has implemented a range of service improvements and retained a number of the current provider’s service enhancements, to deliver a good customer claims experience and generate greater efficiencies:

  • Investment in an improved phone system so that in the event of a queue, customers are made aware of their position in the queue and are provided the option to request a call back
  • Cross-trained staff from its motor claims team, to support the management of claims during ‘surge periods’ following major weather events, as the impact is significantly higher for household claims than motor claims
  • Continued customer access to an online claim notification system - Customer Connect - that allows customers to report their claim on-line through Covéa Insurance’s website. As well as giving customers a facility to upload documents and images to support their claim, it also allows customers to track the progress of their claim and contact their claims handler directly
  • Continuation of the use of Integrated Weather Mapping, allowing weather related claims to be validated more quickly. This data will also be used to predict claims volumes and put resources in place in advance of a significant weather event, to support affected customers

Later in the year, the company will commence the process of working towards Institute of Customer Service (ICS) accreditation for its household claims operations. The company has recently been awarded ‘World Class Service Provider’ accreditation by the ICS for its motor claims operation and as part of its customer service vision, is aiming for all its operational areas to achieve ICS accreditation by 2016.

Speaking about the company’s recent claims developments, Claims Director Adrian Furness said:

“Claims management is one of our core competencies and bringing our household claims handling operation in-house allows us to build upon and maximise our capabilities. Cunningham Lindsey, our current service provider, has played an instrumental role in helping us successfully manage the transition, and they will remain our key home claims partner providing various loss adjusting and specialist services. Being recognised by the ICS as providing ‘World Class Service’ for our motor claims handling service is a significant milestone in achieving our ambition to provide ‘world class’ service across all our operational areas by 2016.”

Phil McNeilage, CEO of Cunningham Lindsey UK commented;

“We have worked very closely with Covéa Insurance over the past 18 months following their strategic decision to in-source home claims. We will continue to provide all necessary support to ensure safe implementation of the changes and are of course delighted to remain Covéa Insurances sole supplier for the provision of domestic, commercial and liability loss adjusting.”  

 

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About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France and served 11.5 million policyholders, generating over 16.4 billion Euros in premiums in 2016.  

Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, designed to meet the needs of most individuals and businesses. Employing over 1500 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and featuring in the 2015 and 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Mid-sized Best Companies to Work For. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

In January 2016, Sterling Insurance Company Limited became a fully integrated part of Covea Insurance Plc, following a Part VII transfer under the Financial Services and Markets Act. 

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