Local authorities must provide care funders with information helping them to access independent financial advice, the revised Care Bill has stipulated, though concerns have emerged surrounding councils' definition of 'independent'.
A direct-to-consumer online protection provider has responded to claims that its critical illness cover is too basic, by stressing that the product will continue to develop as its simple online processes evolve.
Advisers and providers reiterated the "catastrophe" that would befall the advice sector if the incoming Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) read across a ban on commission in the retail investment market to protection.
Aviva has added second opinion and practical guidance services to its critical illness (CI) products for advised clients.
Protection provider Cirencester Friendly has called for an industry standard for disclosing income protection (IP) claims statistics.
Just Retirement has called on government to it make compulsory in the incoming Care and Support bill that local authorities refer care funders to regulated financial advisers.
Zurich is set to offer its protection proposition on its retail platform later in the year, to offer IFAs a complete holistic view of financial plans.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has paid out £136m in mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) claims since 2008, according to latest figures.
IFAs have lost significant protection policy renewal income following G-Day price hikes, an adviser has said.
Advisory businesses are acknowledging the benefits of execution-only capability, but struggling to build viable propositions, according to one major adviser support group.
Plan Money has partnered with an aggregator and launched its first automated, non-advised proposition for protection business.
LV= has launched an online calculator for advisers to work out potential commission loss in the run up to G-Day.
Skandia has announced its gender-neutral pipeline plans including the launch of tele-underwriting.
Insurer Aviva has announced its gender-day (G-Day) pipeline strategy, including I-E tax change details.
Bright Grey and Scottish Provident have announced their plan for Gender Directive pipeline business.
LV= will switch its protection business to gender neutral rates on 1 December and has announced its pipeline strategy for advisers.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said general rules governing the handling of clients' medical information by advisers are sufficient after concerns were raised by a provider.
Zurich's half year results showed 91% of critical illness (CI) claims were paid out.
The ministerial reshuffle could pose a serious threat to the continuity and timescale of social care reforms, Partnership has said.
PruHealth is driving a broader reach across the IFA market by integrating more heavily with sister brand, PruProtect.
Protection will be the biggest growth area for a third of advisers, a sentiment report has shown.
Legal & General (L&G) has made a number of changes to its critical illness insurance (CII) plans.
The incoming Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) must "act more swiftly" than its predecessor the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and ensure it utilises the full powers at its disposal, a body representing consumer interests has recommended.
The new managing director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident has admitted the provider has "taken its eyes off the ball" with underwriting speeds.
Online adviser support on I-E tax changes and the gender directive has been launched by LV=.
The elderly and their families need to seek professional advice on long-term care funding, Partnership has urged.
The Association of British Insurers has said it is "extremely confident" age and disability pricing factors will not go the same way as gender with the incoming EU Equal Treatment Directive.
Advisers and self-funders can be confident that the importance of long-term care financial advice has been recognised by the government, Partnership has claimed.
Aviva has extended cover on its critical illness (CI) policies with benefits for additional conditions, ABI+ definitions and child cover.
Aegon has cut individual life and income protection rates to take advantage of the gender directive.
PruProtect will be offering 30% free life cover free for new Serious Illness Cover plan policyholders and has re-priced its income protection product.
Royal London has announced Ross Ainslie will step down as managing director of the Royal London protection businesses, Bright Grey and Scottish Provident