There were 179 companies that increased pay-outs
, while 60 held dividends at the same rate.
Wesleyan Assurance claimed this week that the latest pay-outs
on its with-profit endowment policies confirm its position among the top performers in the authoritative annual survey of life assurance returns by Money Marketing.
The warning comes from Mr Mike Urmston, chief actuary and finance director of CGU Life, after the company had trimmed its with-profit pay-outs
for the first time for several years.
When Aviva started this process they were led to expect pay-outs
of around pounds 1,000.
The cases amount to 73% of the former shipyard employers' total asbestos claims and the payments are 40% of the company's total compensation pay-outs
Wesleyan has tempered top-ohe-market pay-outs
from its endowment policies maturing this year with a warning.
Kirklees Council reduced its compensation pay-outs
from pounds 64,133 in 2008-09 to pounds 22,230 in 2010-11.
It is believed the five will pay tax at the current rate of 10% on the pay-outs
rather than the new higher rate of 18% announced by Chancellor Alistair Darling last week.
But they could have to wait several years - until their policies mature - to get the full pay-out
The UK's largest mutual retailer said the pay-out
pot had nearly doubled from the pounds 19.6m last year.
The average pay-out
on a pounds 50- a-month, 25-year policy fell from pounds 54,452, to pounds 52,445, the lowest for 15 years.
The Robin Hood Tax campaign has described the pay-out
as 'eye watering.' It pointed out that the bank's five highest earners made GBP29m, which is about 219 times the average UK salary on an average.