London was the highest for consumers without home and contents insurance at 45%

The ABI has reported that the cost of home contents insurance has fallen to a “record low.”

It is the lowest since the ABI Premium Tracker began collecting data in 2012.

The cost is now £127 per year which is £2.40 a week.

Moreover, one in four UK households – the equivalent of 6 million are still uninsured with Londoners (55%) being the “least insured.”

The Northern Irish are the most protected, with 82% being insured.

It follows Consumer Intelligence highlighting last year London remains the most expensive place for home insurance.

Laura Hughes, ABI’s senior policy adviser in general insurance, said: “While the average cost of home contents insurance is at an all-time low, too many households are still playing Russian roulette with their possessions.

“For some people on lower incomes and renters, especially in cities, insuring your possessions may be seen as unaffordable or unnecessary.

“But spend a few minutes totting up the value of all your possessions and you’ll realise they can add up to a significant sum if they all need to be replaced at once. In a highly competitive market, there are a range of specialist policies available to give you the cover you need at an affordable price.

“Some housing associations and local authorities may offer cheaper home contents insurance, tailored to your needs and your budget.”

Percentage of households in the UK without home contents insurance

Location% of households without home contents cover

London

45%

Northern Ireland

18%

South East

19%

East Midlands

21%

Yorkshire and Humberside

22%

East Anglia

22%

South West

22%

Wales

22%

North West

24%

Scotland

26%

West Midlands

28%

North East

32%

*These figures are based on the ABI’s analysis of National Statistics data.

The average price paid for buildings insurance at £258 dropped by 8% in 2017 to its lowest level since 2015.

While the average price paid for combined buildings and contents insurance, at £307 increased slightly by just over 1% on the previous year, but it was still the second lowest figure since 2012.

The ABI’s Home Insurance Premium Tracker measures what consumers pay for their home insurance.