Cladding: BIBA welcomes plans for state-backed PI scheme

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has welcomed government plans to design a state-backed scheme to cover professionals carrying out EWS1 form surveys who are unable to obtain professional indemnity insurance.

BIBA has been working closely with Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government on the challenges of insurance for cladded buildings and liability relating to the EWS1 forms is a key part of this. Its 2021 Manifesto stated: “BIBA believes government needs to create a new temporary PI solution to unlock the delay in making residential cladded buildings safe”.

“Today’s ministerial announcement is a very positive development and we will continue to work with MHCLG to help deliver a targeted, state-backed indemnity scheme to address the continuing insurance challenges in this area,” the association stated.

The government said it plans to continue to work closely with industry to design an appropriate scheme, further details of which, including eligibility and the claims process, will be available in the coming weeks.

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