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  • Income Protection Insurance

    Protecting all the things you work hard for...

    Income protection covers your monthly income should you suffer an accident, sickness or unemployment.
    Designed to cover your core monthly financial commitments such as your mortgage/rent, bills and food.
    Income Protection is the one protection policy every working adult should consider. Which? Money 2012
    Policies can start from as little as £10 per month.
  • What does
    Income Protection cover?

    Accident & Sickness

    When the ‘Own Occupation’ definition of incapacity is used the policy can payout for any medical condition that prevents you from working in your own specific job role.

    As income protection policies do not use a set list of conditions they cover and many insurers do not have any standard exclusions, income protection is the most comprehensive form of incapacity insurance available.


    Some plans also have the option where the policy can payout should you suffer forced redundancy, or there are some policies that cover unemployment only.

    Illness Claims
  • How does
    Income Insurance work?

    Stage 1:

    You cease working due to accident, sickness or forced unemployment.

    Stage 2:

    You make a claim with the insurer.
    (including your GP note/redundancy letter)

    Stage 3:

    The insurer starts paying out a monthly benefit after your deferred period.

    Stage 4:

    The policy pays out until you return to work or reach the maximum payout length.

    Illness Claims
  • Do I need
    Income Protection?

    When deciding if income protection insurance is worthwhile it makes sense to weigh up the risk of something happening and the potential consequences:

    The Incapacity Risk:

    1 in 10 people have been unable to work due to illness or injury for +6 months (The Guardian/Unum Survey, 2011).

    The Consequences:

    With government incapacity benefit of only £99.15 per week, someone with a salary of £30,000 would suffer a 77% fall in income.

    The Question:

    If you lost your income how would you cover your monthly outgoings if you didn't have any income protection?

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  • Your Key
    Policy Options

    1. Choose your level of cover
    Depending on the insurer, it is possible to cover anywhere from 50% to 70% of your gross (pre-tax) income.

    2. Choose your deferred period
    This is the length of time you would need to be off work before the policy starts paying out. The shortest deferred period is 7 days and the longest is 12 months.

    3. Choose your payout length
    Short-term plans can payout for a maximum of 12 or 24 months and long-term plans can continue paying out a claim right up to your retirement age at the end of your working life.

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What is income protection?

We all insure our cars and homes however we often forget to protect what pays for it all, our earnings.

Income insurance is designed to protect up to 70% of your gross salary in both the short and long term should you be unable to work due to accident or sickness and in the case of short term protection, unemployment as well.

Given the level of government support available and with fewer employers offering long term sick pay above and beyond Statutory Sick Pay, a personal income protection policy is more important than ever.

Do I need it?

According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) there were over 370,000 people claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for incapacity in August 2009.

With ESA standing at only £95.15 per week, permanent health insurance allows many individuals to maintain their standard of living should they lose their income due to sickness or injury.Since 2005, DWP figures also show that the average claim for incapacity benefit stands at nearly 3 years.

How does it work?

If you suffer sickness or injury that prevents you from working your income insurance plan will begin to pay a monthly benefit after your chosen deferred period either until the policy ends or you return to work.

It is possible to insure up to 65% of your gross (pre-tax) earnings for anything from 5 years to the normal retirement age with salary insurance deferred periods ranging from 1 month to 12 months.

Long term protection

Long term disability insurance is a well established and respected form of income insurance, which some insurers having offered this product for over 100 years, whereas payment protection a relatively new type of insurance cover.

This traditional policy type provides long-term earnings protection from the risk of sickness or injury, possibly paying out all the way until retirement.


John, an IT consultant, has taken out a self employed income protection plan and suffered a type of cancer that kept him off work for just over 6 years while he received treatment and recovered.

After John's chosen deferred period of 6 months, his permanent health policy acts as a sick pay insurance and paid him a monthly tax-free benefit of £790 each and every month for 6 years, totalling close to £57,000, representing 50% of his gross annual salary.

Short term protection

Designed to provides short-term earnings cover against the risk of accident, sickness and unemployment, with policies paying out for a maximum period of 24 months.

Short term policies do not tend to be as comprehensive as the traditional options which is highlight with their being no medical underwriting and reviewable premiums.


Mike and Jenny, an engineer and nurse from London, took out a salary protection policy to cover their joint monthly mortgage payment of £1,000 plus an extra 25% for associated home costs.

They decided to split the benefit in a 50:50 ratio so that the policy would payout £625 if either of them were off work. After six months of taking out the policy Mike was made redundant which kept him out of work for 4 months.

With their chosen deferred period of 30 days (with no back to day one cover) the policy made its first payment of £625 on day 61 of their claim (having accumulated from day 31).

Over the 4 months the policy made 3 payments of £625 before Mike was able to return to work, totalling £1,875. Thus, via his loan protection insurance Mike was able to keep up with his share of the joint loan repayments whilst he was unemployed, plus a little extra for living costs.

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If you would like to receive income protection quotes from a panel of leading UK insurers then please submit your details in the quote box provided above. Alternatively, if you would like to talk through your options with one of your expert and impartial advisors then please feel free to contact us.

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Raising Awareness of Income Protection Insurance

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1. What is it?
2. Why do I need it?
3. How can I get cover?
Income Protection provides you with a monthly income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury.
Income Protection is the insurance policy which protects everything else, your mortgage, your food shop and all your other bills and financial commitments.

Q. Without income protection, if you were not able to earn a living how long could you cover your monthly bills?

A. For most of us it is as few as 52 days!(1)

1 in 5 of us are likely to go on long term sick leave during our working lives.(2)
Could you survive on
£99.15 per week?
On average, government support provides just £5,200 per year, which for the vast majority of us falls way short of meeting our bills.

"The one protection policy every working adult in the UK should consider is the very one most of us don't have - Income Protection."

Which? Money, 2012

Only 7% of working adults have Income Protection - Share this on Facebook or Twitter to help us "Raise Awareness of Income Protection" #IPAware and be in with a chance of winning an iPad.

Insurer Claims Statistics

When choosing our personal protection we want to know it is going to pay out when we need it to. By choosing a product or specific insurer from the menu below you will be able to view the claims payout rates for all of the main UK insurers for income protection, life insurance and critical illness insurance.

Actual Income Protection Claims - 2011

The table below details real life stories of how an income protection policy has saved someone financially following an illness which left them unable to work. The information is from Liverpool Victoria's 2011 claims, it demonstrates how anyone can lose their income, regardless of age, gender or occupation, LV's youngest claimant in 2011 was just 22 years old.

at Claim
of Claim
Cause of Claim
Last Monthly
Total Amount
Paid So Far
Carpet Fitter
15 years
Brain damage from
road traffic accident
7 years
Cyst removed from the Brain.
Veterinary Surgeon
12 years
Estate Agent
14 years
Heart Attack
1 year
3 years
Quantity Surveyor
7 years
Marketing Consultant
2 years
Breast Cancer
1 years
Parkinson's Disease

Source: http://www.lv.com/upload/IFA-Rebrand-2009/pdf/2012/aug/212248312PMFPPAPIPclaimsSummary.pdf

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Frequently asked income protection questions

I have recently taken out a mortgage and want to put some insurance in place to cover the loan in case I cannot work and make the repayments. What is the difference between mortgage protection and income insurance, which plan is best?
I have recently taken out a mortgage and have been told about critical illness insurance but have now come across income protection as well. I am confused as to which is best.
I’m looking for some kind of medical insurance that will pay me a wage if I’m too ill or injured to work. Does this cover exist?
My husband and I are looking to take out income protection to cover our earnings should we become ill. Is it possible to take out joint income protection?
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