Income Protection Insurance
Helping you protect all the things you work hard for...
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 £99.15 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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Raising Awareness of Income Protection Insurance
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
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.
Welcome to the Drewberry Income Riskometer! Simply answer the questions below and the Riskometer will provide an indication of how at risk your income may be. With 1 in 5 workers having to take 3 months or longer off work due to ill health (1) it is important to take this risk seriously and have a backup plan in place.
Find out how much you would pay to protect your income...
Your Risks Explained
- Drewberry Protection Survey, 2015 - http://www.drewberryinsurance.co.uk/press-release/protection-insurance-survey-2015
- Statutory Sick Pay figure accurate as of 07/04/2016. For more information please see https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay/what-youll-get
- Unum/Guardian ICM Poll, 2011
- Ageas Protect, report from their pricing data (released in 2011)
- Association of British Insurers (ABI), 2015 - https://www.abi.org.uk/News/News-releases/2015/08/Protection-insurers-help-more-families-than-ever-before-with-350-payouts-every-day
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) figure accurate as of 07/04/2016 - https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/what-youll-get
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data, March 2016. Figures for all ESA applications 'to date' (Oct 2008 to Jun 2015). https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-claims-made-to-jun-2015-and-appeals-to-dec-2015
- Drewberry calculations based on Swiss Re, Group Watch 2015 data of group scheme membership and ONS Labour Market data
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Occupation Definition Calculator
Too often individuals take out income protection without being fully aware of the incapacity definition on which their plan would pay out.
Will the plan pay out if I am unable to do my current job role? Or will it only pay out if I am unable to do any occupation?
If you do not already have income protection this tool should provide you with guidance as to what to look out for and to ensure you do not fall foul of a lesser occupation definition.