Insurers to get an audience with Jacqui Smith

Home secretary Jacqui Smith will be put under the spotlight by insurers at a crime and fraud conference this summer.

The ABI arranged the conference just weeks after revealing fraud was up 17% during 2008 compared to the year before and the value of claims increased 30% to £730m.

This follows a summit meeting on home security last month between Smith, the ABI's director general Stephen Haddrill and insurers, first reported in Insurance Times (26 March).

Around 180 ABI members are expected to attend the conference in London on 18 July. Smith will give a speech on tackling crime in the recession and take questions. Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling will also address members and answer questions. Other key speakers include Chris Sullivan, Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance chief executive and Steve Head, detective chief superintendent, City of London police. Workshops will cover compliance on the roads, arson, identity theft, property and security, and bribery and corruption.