Fastest job cuts
General insurance companies cut jobs at the fastest rate for more than six years during the first quarter of 2003, according to a CBI report.

Chubb family cover
High net worth insurer Chubb has added family protection cover for car-jacking, stalking and aggravated burglary to its Masterpiece personal insurance policy.

NIG opens branch
NIG has announced an expansion of its regional network of underwriting offices with the opening of a branch in Chelmsford. NIG said the move will see the Essex and East Anglia team move out of London.

RSPCA discount
Primary Group's agricultural insurer, Rural Insurance, is to provide a discount to members of the RSPCA's animal welfare scheme. Under the arrangement members of the RSCPA scheme, Freedom Food, will receive a 10% discount on all standard policy rates.

Youthful arson
A parental guide to address the problem of arson among young children has been published by the Arson Prevention Bureau . The bureau claims arson caused over 1,000 injuries last year.

FSCS test case
A test case that could establish the extent to which corporate policyholders' legal costs are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), is set to go to appeal.

C&G appoints MD
Congregational & General has appointed Direct Line insurance director Keith Charlton as managing director.

Charlton will take up the post on 1 May when current managing director David Collett retires.

Service association
Insurance industry service providers are set to work together more closely following the formation of the Association of Service Providers (ASP).