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Ecclesiastical Insurance, the UK’s leading church insurance company, has re-launched its insurance policies for Anglican churches and church halls with improved levels of cover.

Following a continued spate of claims for theft of external metal – Ecclesiastical is receiving a claim a day at the moment – the level of cover has been increased from £15,000 per year to £25,000. Cover for damage caused as a result of metal thefts has also been increased (now unlimited to the sum insured).

John Coates, Church Insurer Manager at Ecclesiastical, said: “We refuse to stand by while our churches are repeatedly the victims of theft. So we’ve increased cover for thefts in our policies, issued urgent anti-theft advice and we’re also supporting police forces to tackle the problem.”

Among other increases, the new church insurance policy also includes cover for hired-in property, indemnity for private hirers and Church Council and Trustee Indemnity insurance as standard.

At the same time, Ecclesiastical is also launching a new ‘virtual’ risk management tool for churches. Available at www.ecclesiastical.com/church , the 3D tour highlights key safety concerns in churches and offers simple advice.

The new Ecclesiastical policies are effective for new business, or for renewals, after 1July 2007. Claims under old policies will be considered on an individual basis. For full details of the new policy and the full range of improvements, please see the policy document available on our website at www.ecclesiastical.com/church .

For further information please contact:

Chris Pitt, PR Manager, Ecclesiastical Insurance
Tel: 01452 334984
Mobile 07730 068821
Email: pressoffice@eigmail.com
Visit www.ecclesiastical.com
Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ.

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Notes to editors:

About Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, schools, the care sector, churches and historic buildings.
Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, it now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home, travel and wedding insurance, selling through brokers and direct.

Ecclesiastical also provides a range of financial services through IFAs and direct, including an ethically screened investment fund.

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