A round-up of the latest insurance stories online

The second Budget of the year was as much an online extravaganza as the first.

Back in March, Alistair Darling’s final Budget as chancellor proved to be of massive interest to our online audience when we delivered the important issues affecting the industry.

Last week, George Osborne’s emergency Budget was just as eagerly anticipated, with the potential increase in insurance premium tax (IPT) a key concern for the market.

As he made his announcement to parliament, our online subscribers were first to know about the 1% increase in the lower rate of IPT to 6%, along with the rise of the higher rate of 17.5% to 20%.

That story received the most clicks in the past week, as users rushed on to the site. Biba’s response, one of “disappointment”, also created quite a stir, and comments from online readers included: “The unions were asked what planet they were on, and this kind of knee-jerk reaction leads me to ask what planet Biba is on.”

Our coverage of the Budget, which included a round-up of the key points and exclusive online analysis, was an instant success, and our online users can still catch the headlines in the 2010 Budget section on our home page.

Our latest online photo specials also got plenty of clicks. They included the snaps from the Leeds roundtable and photos from this year’s Airmic conference in Manchester.

Online readers also clicked up a storm over our story regarding a potential claim set to land in Lloyd’s, involving the injury suffered by England captain Rio Ferdinand.

Also online we broke the news of Aviva’s appointment of a new corporate risks director.

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