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Devolution drive could lead to a revolution in insurance cover

9 June 2016

With the unremitting push towards the devolution of powers from central to local government, it seems inevitable that we will see a transformation of local authorities as we know them.

There has already been significantly increased collaboration in the public sector, and associated responsibility, with the creation of combined authorities and enhanced control of and influence over health and social care. But in this new world there is greater scope for conflict and uncertainty, with ambiguity as to which risks will be covered by whom. Current insurance arrangements may well be found to be insufficient and authorities will want to ensure all potential risks are identified and adequately covered going forward.

Will we see the revolution of insurance arrangements as well as the authorities themselves? And is there a genuine appetite for the challenge within the insurance market? There is certainly opportunity to reshape risk cover, with early engagement in the process from both insurers and local authorities absolutely key.

To read our recent report on devolution from central to local government and managing the risks, click here

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