>Some years ago my husband insured me with Help the Aged. A week or so ago,
>I had a letter from ageUK the organisation formed by the amalgamation of
>Help the Aged and Age Concern. This told me that the company which had
>provided my insurance for some years was no longer doing it and referred me
>to another company which had taken over their business - part of the new
>ageuk so far as I can make out.
>I had been paying around £340 for several years. The quote I was first
>given was for £520. I said I felt that was a ridiculous figure. She asked
>me to hold on a few minutes and came back with a quote of £445.16p and asked
>would I accept that. I said I would not and that I would look around.
>Today my daughter and I went on-line and I now have the same cover for £260
>- half what I was first quoted yesterday!
>Out of curiosity, I went on-line and tried to get an on-line quote from
>ageuk. I gave up. Their website was so complicated, I am sure many would
>also give up trying to get an on-line quote.
>There is one button on the ageuk website titled something like Pricing
>Ageism. It warns people against being taken for a ride by unscrupulous
>companies. Ha! Ha! Ha!
>It suggests enlisting the help of TV consumer programmes - I am tempted to
>try contacting Anne Robinson!
>Thought I would try gransnet first!