Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you might have some questions relating to your Council Insurance. That’s why we have answered the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) below to help you along the way. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us directly.

General enquiries

You can contact our BHIB Councils Insurance team on 0330 013 0036 or get in touch via our contact us page.

Monday to Thursday – 9AM to 5:15PM
Friday – 9AM to 5PM
*Subject to bank holidays

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Our documents are designed to be delivered by PDF, however if you wish to receive your documents by post then please let a member of our team know by emailing enquiries@bhibcouncils.co.uk or call us on 0330 013 0036.

About your insurance policy

As long as the total value of your assets is within your policy amount then there is no need to contact us. If, however, you need to increase your limits then please contact us on 0330 013 0036 and we will be happy to make the required changes to your policy.

There is no obligation to take cover for more than 12 months but a 3-year deal entitles you to a discount.

Subject to claims, your insurer will not increase the premium rate during the period other than to apply index-linking of the sums insured or adjustments requested by you (for example, Insurance Premium Tax).

Any area of land which you own or are responsible for the maintenance of would be covered within the limitations of this policy. If you feel that the area of land would pose a higher risk, then please call us on 0330 013 0036.

If you take on the responsibility of gritting/salting then this must be maintained, with a system of checking in place to ensure that it is carried out in order to minimise the risk of being negligent for omitting to salt. These checks must be logged and recorded. There are no issues with regards to you providing grit bins for public use so long as they are only filled with grit/salt provided by the District Council. In addition, Local Councils should only apply grit/salt to roads that fall within their jurisdiction and refrain from taking on additional roads/property.

We can confirm that your insurer, Aviva, will cover the Council if you are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the allotments.

Tents and marquees can be covered by the insurers. However, we would request that you contact our team on 0330 013 0036 to ensure that the correct level of cover is in place for your event.

If you need to amend your cover limits, simply notify us as soon as possible.

Mid-term changes to the policy can be made instantly, but in some cases an additional premium may be due.

Please do let us know straight away if you change your correspondence address or other contact details, and of course if you acquire any buildings or other significant property, at any time. If circumstances have changed in any other way, and you are unsure as to whether or not this might affect your insurance coverage, please get in touch and we’ll provide you with our best advice.

About the quote process

You can either fill out a short form on our Request a Quote page, and we will contact you for more information, or you can call us on 0330 013 0036 and we will take you through the quote process and offer advice each step of the way.

If you choose to purchase your policy with us, we will keep the information needed to log-into the customer portal area.

We do not store any payment details. We share information with our third-party finance providers for the purposes of payment only.

Further information can be found in our privacy policy.

If you want to subscribe to our marketing communications, you will be asked this as part of registering. If you do not want to be placed on the marketing list, simply tick the box to say you do not want to. If you do subscribe and change your mind later, simply click on the ‘unsubscribe’ link on the email containing our marketing communication. We do not pass on your email address to third parties. Further information can be found in our privacy policy.

Paying for your policy

Simply confirm over the phone or via email that you are happy to go ahead and then tell us how you would like to pay. Once payment has been made, we will send your confirmed insurance documents to you. You can also find these online in the customer portal area.

We accept the following methods of payment:

  • BACS Payments
  • Cheque
  • Credit & Debit Cards

If your payment was successful, you will receive an email with your insurance documentation attached. In the event you have not received confirmation by email, please firstly check your ‘junk mail’, otherwise call us on 0330 013 0036.

Managing your policy

Simply log in to the customer portal area. You can find this in the top right of the website screen or click here to be directed to the page.

Once you have logged on to the customer portal area, select ‘Documents’ then click on the documents you wish to download. All documents are printable PDFs.

Once you have logged on to the customer portal area, select ‘Details’ of the policy you wish to view.

Send an email to enquiries@bhibcouncils.co.uk or call us on 0330 013 0036 and we will update these for you.

Please call us on 0330 013 0036 and we will update these for you.
We do not charge any fees for adjustments to your policy.

Renewing your policy

We will alert you at least four weeks before your renewal date to start the process.

You can view your renewal date in the ‘Details’ section of the customer portal area.

We do require settlement by the renewal date but we understand that this is not always possible for Local Councils to adhere to. Therefore, we can hold cover for you subject to you providing us with your renewal instructions prior to your renewal date and us receiving the payment in full within 21 days of renewal. You can provide instructions by phone or email.

Cancelling your policy

You can cancel your policy by calling us on 0330 013 0036.

Refunds will usually be made within 90 days of the cancellation. Depending on your method of payment to us, we will process refunds either directly to your credit/debit card, or bank account, or by cheque.

Making a claim

You can either visit our Make A Claim page for information on who to call and the details you need at hand. Alternatively, you can call us on 0330 013 0036.
Our claims teams operate 24/7 so you can call anytime to discuss your claim.
Each claim is unique and may involve a degree of further investigation or assessment before settlement can be made.

This can depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The type of claim
  • The frequency of claims
  • The value of claims settlements

Each policy is underwritten on it’s own merits, however, the potential impact of a claim could result in a premium increase, additional terms/restrictions and in extreme circumstances, cover could be withdrawn completely.

Making a complaint

We value your feedback and pride ourselves on our customer service so if you feel something is not right, we would like to hear about it.

Please contact us using one of the following ways:

We will acknowledge your complaint within 5 working days and advise you who will be dealing with your complaint.

Want to talk to us?

We are on hand to provide assistance and guidance, and our dedicated team would love to hear from you.

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