Insurance is one of the two highest spend areas for parishes, so it’s important to make good decisions when buying cover. Download our Buying Guide, which was produced by the National Procurement Group*, as it aims to help you consider some key areas for decision-making.
* The National Procurement Group supervises the Parish Buying service, and is made up of representatives from dioceses and the national Church. Its purpose is to help parishes purchase more effectively.
We are currently aware of two companies that have developed policies specifically designed for Church of England parishes:
Ecclesiastical was established in 1887 and is a specialist church, charity and heritage insurer. In June 2016, Ecclesiastical introduced a new parish policy, Parish Plus, with a number of changes compared to their Parishguard policy. Ecclesiastical is wholly owned by a charity, Allchurches Trust Ltd. Surplus profits are distributed to Allchurches, who in turn make donations back to the Church.
Trinitas Church Insurance’s ParishCare policy is underwritten by Aviva and has been developed after discussion with the Church of England to meet the typical needs of parishes for buildings, contents and liability risks associated with parish activities. Trinitas and Aviva are commercial companies, but will cap their profits with any surplus profits being returned to participating parishes.