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U.K.: Insurers say planned changes to riot act will cause problems

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The Association of British Insurers said proposed changes to the Riot Damages Act would hit insurers' ability to cover riot-related damage in England and Wales as a standard part of property cover, Daily Mail reported.

This will leave many businesses "facing financial hardship," it said.

The association said insurers paid out about £167 million ($281.6 million) to people and businesses after the summer 2011 riots in England.

It now estimates that for every £10 ($16.9) paid out after those riots, only £1 ($1.7) would be paid out under the amended Act.

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