EL clawback halts
Government plans to claw back NHS costs from employers' liability compulsory insurance (ELCI) have been put on hold.

FSA: costs increase
Regulatory compliance costs for brokers and insurers have risen since it took over responsibility for regulation in December 2001.

In a survey conducted by Europe Economics, 40 out of 52 firms polled said compliance costs were rising as a result of FSA regulation.

CFA consultation
The Department of Constitutional Affairs has published a consultation paper on how conditional fee agreements (CFAs) can be improved (see next week for analysis).

Bullying bill
Education chiefs are facing a multi-million pound compensation bill from pupils who claim schools failed to protect them from bullies. More than 500 lawsuits are being prepared over claims that schools did not defend children against bullies.

Warranty delay
Insurers under investigation by the Competition Commission (CC) over alleged "monopolisation" of the extended warranties market are facing uncertainty after the CC revealed its inquiry is up to six months behind schedule.

The commission is expected to deliver its report in September.

Charity EL crisis
Many charities are underinsured as a result of the EL crisis.

According to The Times, the Home Office is to present a report to ministers on the problem later this week, with many charities reporting premiums have doubled in the past few years.

EU gender ruling
The EU is close to outlawing sex discrimination, which could force insurers to stop using gender as the basis for calculating insurance premiums.

According to reports, the European Commission is set to present a draft proposal to ministers in the next couple of weeks.