Insurtech UK demands government support for sector

Insurtech UK has released its UK policy manifesto, A Roadmap for UK Insurtech Growth, which outlines recommendations for the government in supporting the insurtech sector.

Suggestions for the UK Government regarding insurtech include a new regulatory regime, a investment environment that encourages funding, and more action to unlock opportunities at scale.

In addition, the report provides 11 recommendations for the UK Government with regards to insurtech.

These include:

Recommendation 1: The PRA to maintain momentum in evolving the regulatory regime to the needs and structures of insurtechs as they start and scale, including:

a:  a swifter, more transparent application process for PRA authorisation

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b: clear guidance and communications as the new PRA mobilisation regime is introduced and embedded, meeting the commitment to be in place by end 2024

Recommendation 2: The FCA to work closely with the insurtech industry to ensure the ongoing availability of, and confidence in, a proper Appointed Representative scheme which allows market access for start-ups and enables future innovations in embedded insurance

Recommendation 3: Regulators to deploy a progressive, enabling approach to emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and Open Finance, taking into account how these may best be applied within an insurance context to maximise consumer benefit and confidence

Recommendation 4: HM Treasury should extend SEIS and EIS to all categories of insurtech to incentivise more investment into this high-potential sector, and to prevent a cliff-edge where Managing General Agents may transition to being a regulated insurance firm

Recommendation 5: HM Treasury should significantly extend qualifying criteria for EMI from its current limit of £30 million gross assets to attract more experienced talent as insurtechs scale

Recommendation 6: HM Treasury should re-extend the long-stop date for Advance Subscription Agreements back to 12 months, removing the additional pressures on concluding accelerated funding rounds that reducing this to 6 months has created

Recommendation 7: An urgent review of the HMRC R&D credit scheme should be conducted to provide clarity, consistency and confidence in both the application of scheme criteria and scheme administration

Recommendation 8: The value and positive impact of Innovate UK’s Professional and Financial Services programme supporting research and development in insurance should be recognised and expanded by HM Treasury in future spending rounds

Recommendation 9: HM Treasury should introduce a fairer VAT/IPT regime, enabling insurtechs to scale quicker and on a level playing field with other tech sectors

Recommendation 10: A three year strategy from the Department for Business and Trade for international promotion of UK insurtech – to facilitate access to key overseas jurisdictions and encourage inward investment, drawing on evidence of priority countries and positive past experiences with insurtech corridors and fintech bridges

Recommendation 11: New government-backed reinsurance schemes (Innovation Re) should be scoped by HM Treasury to enable cover of new societal risks or act as a back-stop for new accessible and affordable insurance policies providing greater financial inclusion in insurance

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