Are Admiral charging foreigners more for motor insurance?
Which! (we prefer the exclamation mark to the question mark – makes them sound more dynamic, like Wham!) have made a pretty serious allegation against Admiral Insurance.
They have claimed that Admiral, who include Bell, Diamond and elephant.co.uk as part of their group of insurers, are charging more to drivers who were born outside of the UK.
Which! claim that this is in breach of the Race Relations Act but the claim has been rejected by Admiral, who when we rang them, were playing a tape of ‘Ebony And Ivory’ while we were on hold. No, not really.
As part of their investigation, Which! obtained quotes from four Admiral brands and 15 other major providers for two scenarios where the only difference was whether or not the applicant was born in the UK. It said the Admiral insurers were the only ones in its research to ask "have you lived in the UK since birth?" and then charge a higher premium for those who answered "no" where all other factors remained the same. Wowsers!
Admiral had declined to comment last night but it is believed that they have stated in the past that some of their best friends are black and even gay in a couple of cases.
Again, no, not really.