Council launches new home contents insurance scheme

Council tenants and leaseholders in Lewes district can now apply for home contents insurance from as little as £5 per month thanks to a new scheme.  

Lewes District Council has teamed up with Aviva, the UK’s biggest insurer, to launch Homes First Insurance following a request from tenants.  

While the council insures the structure of council homes, that does not include what is inside such as furniture and belongings.  

Council tenants and leaseholders are recommended to get their personal items insured against events including:  

–          Accidental damage  

–          Fire  

–          Theft  

–          Flooding/escape of water  

Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet member for Housing, said: “Our Homes First insurance package offers a policy with exclusive rates and a range of optional extras including cover for accidental damage. There is no excess to pay if you need to claim and you can pay monthly by direct debit.” 

The policy is underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited and administered by Wessex Administration Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  

For more information or to apply for Homes First Insurance, visit