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Join BECTU to access low cost, high quality public liability insurance

Join BECTU and if you need public liability insurance (PLI) you can opt for cover under our group policy until 30 April 2019 for a single fee of £31.50.  

What does the cover provide?

The policy runs annually from 1 May - 30 April. In 2018-19 the one-off fee for the whole, or part, is £31.50. Cover remains in place as long as members remain up to date with union subscriptions.

BECTU's group PLI policy provides cover for claims up to £10m. The policy extends to property loaned to and in the custody or control of members up to £25,000 per claim (subject to a maximum £100,000 per individual during the policy period).

Join BECTU to take advantage of our group PLI

NB: Freelancers in Ireland (ROI) who wish to be covered by BECTU's group PLI policy should contact our membership dept in the first instance.  Cover for members in ROI costs £112.00 in 2018-19 and BECTU can cover 50 such members in a given year.

Key documents 

(Scroll down to access these documents which are also attached to this page). 

Key features

The limit of indemnity is £10,000,000 and £25,000* for claims involving Third Party Property held in trust or in your custody or control to a maximum £100,000 any one year.

A policy excess of £250 applies to property damage claims increasing to £500 for damage to Third Party Property in your custody or control.

*NB:The £25,000 Property Belonging to Third Party cover can be extended to £250,000 for £122 per year. or part year; the fee includes insurance premium tax and a £10 admin fee.

Small companies too

In the past, some members working in small companies have mistakenly thought that they couldn’t use this cover whilst in many cases, they can.

BECTU advises everyone with an interest in PLI to examine the current Key Facts document carefully.

The union's policy is brokered by Hencilla Canworth.

Sign up for BECTU's PLI cover

If you are a current member and would like to take advantage of BECTU's PLI, email  Quote your membership number in the email and we will be in touch with you to confirm payment options.

Alternatively, if you would like to join BECTU, visit this page.

*New for 2019 - PLI Extra* 

From 1 May 2019, BECTU members can take advantage of a new two-in-one insurance plan, PLI Extra. The policy combines PLI and work-related personal accident cover for a single fee of £38 for the whole or part year. Find out more here.


If you have any questions about the PLI policy please contact:

Hencilla Canworth Ltd

Simpson House, 6 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon CR9 6AZ

Tel 0208 686 5050. Fax 0208 686 5559. e- mail

Kit cover & more with Media Freelancer Insurance

Members in need of kit cover would be wise to consider the Media Freelancer Insurance also brokered by Hencilla Canworth. Follow the link for more information and for a instant quote.

Questions for BECTU? Contact us.

Last page update 5 March 2019.