Insurance director: "Move the agenda away from being 100% about price"

insurancebusinessmag | June 19, 2019

We are committed to ensuring consumers are not unfairly targeted and penalised for their loyalty and that they can access quality products and services for a price that is competitive and fair.
Those were the words of Business Secretary Greg Clark yesterday when the government confirmed that it will be consulting on giving new powers to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that will allow it to decide whether consumer law has been breached without having to go through the courts.

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