The Wheel Joins Alliance for Insurance Reform to fight for Lower Insurance Premiums

The Wheel has united with 17 civic and business organisations from across Ireland to form the Alliance for Insurance Reform. The creation of the Alliance is a response to countless stories from organisations where services and jobs are being affected by excessive insurance costs.

Alliance for Insurance ReformThe group which represents not-for-profit organisations, charities and small and medium-sized businesses, is highlighting the negative impact of persistently high premiums and is calling for real action to tackle the issue.

Peter Boland, spokesperson for the Alliance said:
“Persistently high, unsustainable insurance premiums are pushing everyday organisations to the brink and denying Ireland the voluntary and business services any civilised society might expect. The formation of the Alliance for Insurance Reform is on the back of intense frustration with unjust and persistent rises in insurance premiums and the clear lack of any meaningful results from the initiatives taken in the area so far. What is at stake is the survival of charities and voluntary bodies serving our country and the livelihood of Irish business owners and their staff. That is why we need action now.”

Ivan Cooper is Director of Public Policy at The Wheel said the cost of insurance is a huge issue for many charities, with the cost of insurance absorbing ever-increasing quantities of scarce resources. “Fifty of The Wheel’s members have already informed the organisation that their insurance premiums have increased in the past three years, in some cases by as much as 500%. Most charities need public or employer liability insurance, and sudden increases can threaten the ability of organisations to deliver important services in communities. Bringing the cost of insurance down – and indeed ensuring continued availability of cover - is now an urgent matter for many charities,” said Mr Cooper

The members of the  Alliance for Insurance Reform are:

• AOIFE Ireland (Association of Irish Festival Events)
• Car Rental Council of Ireland
• Construction Industry Federation
• Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland
• Galway City Business Association
• Ireland Active
• Irish Road Haulage Association
• Irish Hotel Federation
• Licensed Vintners Association
• Motorsport Ireland
• Playcentres Ireland
• Quick Service Food Alliance
• Restaurant Association of Ireland
• Society of the Irish Motor Industry
• Vintners Federation of Ireland
• The Wheel (Ireland's national association for community, voluntary and charitable organisations)

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