Aegon was founded as Scottish Equitable in 1831 in Edinburgh and is still headquartered in the city. Dutch insurer Aegon N.V. bought a 40% stake in Scottish Equitable in 1994 and became a 100% stakeholder in 1998.
Scottish Equitable rebranded as Aegon Scottish Equitable in 2006 before shortening the name to Aegon in 2009.
Today, Aegon has 3.9 million customers in the UK, is a global provider of protection products, pensions and asset management and operates in 20 countries worldwide.
Aegon offers a good Income Protection proposition with some useful additional benefits.
However, it’s generally more suited to workers in lower risk occupations due to Aegon applying the ‘activities of daily living’ definition to many higher-risk roles.
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Aegon Income Protection Coverage
65% of income up to £20,000; 55% of income between £20,001 and £100,000; and 45% of income more than £100,000.
The maximum monthly benefit available is £20,833.
Maximum Claim Duration
Full cover to term
24 months limited payment term
4 / 8 / 13 / 26 / 52 weeks
Waiver of Premium
If you have own occupation cover, fall ill and then return to your role in a reduced capacity earning less, or start a different job where you earn less, Aegon will pay a reduced benefit amount to top up your lower income.
Aegon will pay a single lump sum payment of £5,000 to your loved ones if you die while Aegon is paying an Income Protection claim.
In the event of a claim, Aegon automatically includes a waiver of premium. This means they pay your policy premiums for you as soon as you receive your first monthly benefit. Should you recover and return to work, you will have to pay premiums once again.
Aegon, like all insurers, bases your monthly Income Protection benefit on your income.
If your income falls between you taking out the policy and making a claim, you will therefore be entitled to a smaller benefit. However, Aegon’s income promise means that, if your salary falls after you take out a policy, it will pay you a minimum income.
If your benefit is £1,500 a month or less, Aegon will still pay your chosen monthly benefit in full, minus any continuing income you’re receiving. If your benefit is more than £1,500 per month, Aegon performs calculations based on your new salary.
Aegon offers optional index-linked Income Protection. If you choose this, your benefit amount will increase with inflation based on the Retail Price Index (RPI), up to a maximum increase of 10% per year.
Your premiums will also increase each year at 1.5 times the increase in the RPI.
When a policy is taken out on standard premiums and terms, Aegon will offer you the chance to increase your cover by up 50% of the monthly benefit or £12,000 a year without additional medical evidence for the following major life events:
Available to you and your immediate family, Policy Plus offers a range of support services for no additional cost throughout the life of your policy.
Aegon’s health and wellbeing service, provided by Health Assured, offers you access to a range of confidential support services. These offer guidance on a variety of issues including:
Available 24/7, 365 days a year, you can speak with Health Assured’s qualified and experienced counsellors over the phone or via the dedicated Health Assured online hub.
Should you be diagnosed with a serious health condition, you can have a confidential face-to-face consultation with a UK-based specialist to review your diagnosis via Aegon’s second medical opinion service RedArc.
Aegon is mainly geared up to cover low-risk clients in professional roles, such as office workers. For most workers, it offers the own occupation definition of incapacity. This means if you find yourself unable to do your specific job role, Aegon will pay out.
However, for those roles Aegon deems riskier, such as ones involving manual work, it will typically only offer the daily work activities definition. To claim on this definition, you must be unable to do at least three of the following activities:
There are many other insurers on the market that do cover manual workers with a much better definition of incapacity, including on an own occupation basis in some cases.
Aegon covers up to 55% of a policyholder’s pre-incapacity earnings, which is lower than many other insurers. For example, British Friendly and Shepherds Friendly both offer a maximum of 70% of earnings. Therefore, if you need to insure more than 55% of your earnings, another insurer might be more appropriate.
Aegon also caps the policy benefit at a maximum of £150,000 per year. While this should be fine for most people, there are insurers who offer larger benefits for higher earners.
Aegon’s Income Protection offers a guaranteed benefit. This means that the monthly payout will never be less than £1,500 or your chosen benefit. This might be useful if your income falls in the period between you taking out the policy and making a claim.
While Aegon does offer some free services along with the policy, such as Policy Plus, these are more limited than some other providers in the market.
If you’re insured for the maximum benefit Aegon allows based on your income, Aegon takes into account state benefits and deducts them from your monthly payout. This is to ensure you’re not receiving more in income than Aegon’s maximum allowable monthly payout.
Aegon’s shortest deferred period is 4 weeks.
Other insurers offer deferred periods of 1 week or even 1 day. If you need a shorter deferred period, perhaps because you don’t get much sick pay and have little in the way of savings, another insurer may be a better option.
To help provide you with an idea of how much Aegon Income Protection can cost, we’ve provided example premiums based on varying ages below.
To calculate these quotes we have assumed that the individual looking for cover wants a monthly benefit of £1,250 and:
30 Years Old
40 Years Old
50 Years Old
As you can see, there are a lot of points to consider when comparing insurers. With so many factors in play, it can be time-consuming to pull up key information across every single insurer in the market, so why not ask an adviser for help?
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