• Complaints

    Apology and Compensation: What Would You Do?

    My experience over the last three and a quarter years has been devastating in so many ways. It has affected my family and me in every area of our lives. We've lost contact with the people in our village - well before coronavirus came along. I spend over an hour a day travelling to and from the rented accomodation so that I can work from the bottom of the garden. We're still living out of boxes. We have no sofa as it's still in the cottage living room and should have been put into storage. I'm always on edge wondering what they're going to demand or deny next. Every time…

  • Complaints

    Response to our Complaint from the GCE of NFU Mutual

    In November 2019, I lodged a complaint to the NFU Mutual because I suspected that work being carried out on our home was incorrect. I also stated that I thought the work to be illegal because it appeared to be in breach of listed building conditions. I said that surely my home was uninsurable because it was structurally unsound. I asked them to investigate. Businesses are supposed to give a reply within 8 weeks. One year and two months later, (that’s about 62 weeks – almost eight times as long as instructed), we finally received a response from the Group Chief executive. Here’s what he had to say: Background I…

  • Genuine Mistakes or Downright Dishonesty?

    ‘Who’s Who’ on NFU Mutual’s Website – Page 2

    Carrying on from my post about the roles on page 1 of NFU Mutual’s ‘Handy Guide’ to who’s who in the claims process, I’m now analysing page 2 of the Who’s Who guide which can be found on the NFU Mutual’s website here. I’ve written this analysis of the handy guide as part of my explanation into the dishonesty used in our insurance claim. This post carries on from Ten Lies the NFU Mutual Told Us. Later, I’ll go deeper into each aspect of these people and our experience with them. Analysing the who’s who and other aspects of the documentation is puzzling. It’s becoming clear that the more I…

  • Genuine Mistakes or Downright Dishonesty?

    ‘Who’s Who’ on NFU Mutual’s Website – Page 1

    This post carries on from my original post Ten Lies the NFU Mutual Told Us. We lodged a claim with the NFU Mutual in November 2017, following water damage after a flood. By November 2018, and frustrated after months of inspections, reports and waiting, we were no nearer to going home. It wasn’t until we lodged our second complaint that we found the ‘Claims Who’s Who Guide’ pdf download on NFU Mutual’s website. It states: We understand that the claims process can often appear daunting and confusing, with all the technical terminology, complicated processes and different people involved along the way. We have put this handy guide together to give…

  • The Cash Settlement

    Why a Cash Settlement Offer? Our Claim with NFU Mutual

    So, if you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know that we’re negotiating with the NFU Mutual for a cash settlement. You’ll also know that after three years and three months through a claim, we’re no closer to going home. In fact, our cottage is in a worse state than ever, though NFU Mutual are denying that it is. We could have insisted that they carry out the repairs. We could have asked that we choose the builders to do the repairs and the NFU Mutual pay them. But when we were given the option of a cash settlement, this appeared to be the least stressful way to return…

  • Genuine Mistakes or Downright Dishonesty?

    Ten Lies The NFU Mutual Told Us

    When we started our claim way back in November 2017, I didn’t know how things worked. I believed that the NFU Mutual was the insurance company, the loss adjuster was the loss adjuster, the surveyor was the surveyor, and so on. So, when I approached the NFU Mutual about the actions of their surveyor and expected them to undertake an investigation into his conduct, it was a huge surprise that nothing happened. When I asked for the umpteenth time for him to be removed, they did nothing. It wasn’t until much later that I realised I was trying to separate something which was whole, it was inseparable. Everyone appointed by…

  • Two generations of my family who lived in Stowupland
    The Cottage

    Stowupland: 15 February 2021 – 91 Years On

    Today is Monday 15 February. Quite a significant day to me as, if she had still been alive, it would have been my mother’s 91st birthday. My mother passed away in 1986 from breast cancer. She was only 55, which age I shall reach in a few days, so today, on her birthday, I’m thinking about her and my current situation. My Mum died when I was 19, but it was when my Dad died in 2002, that I decided to research my family history. Being the last of their children, by quite a few years, I missed out on a lot of important (and trivial) events compared to the…

  • The Deteriorating Cottage
    The Cottage

    My Three Year Battle with NFU Mutual for a Little Suffolk Cottage

    Hello! My name is Kim, I’m a middle aged mother of two with a history degree and a love of nature, broken things and weird stuff. I live (or rather used to live) in a little cottage in a village in Suffolk. You know the sort I mean. A cosy little home with an open fire and an all round feeling of safety and comfort? My family (my husband, our oldest son and I) moved to Pendle Cottage in June 2014 from a busy nearby town. We wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle and start a new life in the country. And found a little picturesque thatched…