One of the distinctive features of Wesleyan is its mutual status. This means we are owned by, and run for, the benefit of our members, who share in the Society's success.
A number of customers have asked us about how to become a member, below details exactly that. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Membership of the Society
In order to be a member of the Society a person must be a policyholder of a qualifying policy of insurance. A qualifying policy is any subsisting policy issued in the ordinary life department, any policy issued after 28 April 1998 or any policy issued prior to 29 April 1998 where, on or after this date, premiums payable are increased by £25 per month or more, or additional benefits are allocated as a result of an additional single premium (other than a single premium received from the Contributions Agency).
These are basic requirements of membership but they do not necessarily confer membership as there are various exceptions included in the Rules of the Society. Holders of Industrial Assurance policies are not members of the Society. Holders of policies which have been transferred to the Society under Schedule 2C of the Insurance Companies Act 1982 are also not members.
For policies issued after 28 April 2000, a qualifying policy requires to have been in force for two years before membership is conferred unless the new policy was issued within a period of not more than one month after the date of cessation of another qualifying policy.
Any policy issued by the Society to the Trustees in respect of annuity business effected within the Society of Trustees of an occupational pension scheme to secure all or part of the accrued rights of 100 or more members of that scheme in a single transaction shall not confer any rights of membership in the Society nor shall any policy issued subsequently by the Society to the individual members of that scheme under that arrangement.
Any person who is an employee of the Society and makes additional voluntary contributions after 1 May 2006 for pension entitlements under the Wesleyan Assurance Society Group AVC Policy shall forthwith be a members of the Society, even though no qualifying policy is issued direct to such a person and the trustees of such a scheme shall not be a members of the Society.
Members are not liable for any debts or sums of money due or to become due by the Society, apart from policy premiums and/or as separately contracted.
A number of documents that may be of interest to members and non-members are provided in the Corporate Governance section of this website