Aim of this survey

The purpose of the survey is to establish the value of assets and liabilities of insurance companies who undertake general insurance business.

Data from these surveys help to produce a record of the UK Balance of Payments and the measurement of UK gross domestic product (GDP).

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need information about:

  • short-term assets
  • investments
  • liabilities
  • overseas assets

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorised insurance companies

Population: approximately 400

Sample: approximately 90

Frequency: annually

Dispatch date: 20 March

Return-by date: 6 June

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK that are registered for Value Added Tax and/or Pay As You Earn or with Companies House. Your response ensures that we represent your industry.

The survey is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment, this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Annual Survey of Insurance Companies: General Business Balance Sheet on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

If you need help

If your question is not answered above, you may be able to find the answer in the About ONS business surveys section.

You can call us on 01633 455835. Please quote the three-digit survey ID 106.

From outside the UK: +441633 455835.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.