The Association of British Insurers is to publish guidance for insurers on how to treat customers with criminal convictions.
In today's Budget statement, the government said: "Since 2008 the ABI has led work to improve access to contents insurance among financially excluded tenants.
"Its website now provides information about the benefits to landlords of promoting contents insurance to their tenants, and it has started to engage with those social landlords with more than 1000 housing units who do not already help their tenants to access affordable insurance. It has also held workshops with social housing officers.
"The ABI will continue to work to improve access to insurance by developing guidance for insurers on how to treat customers with criminal convictions."