Guardian was officially founded in 1821. Over the past 200 years, it has offered various insurance and financial products.
Its mission is to provide families with clear, comprehensive insurance policies that pay out quickly.
Guardian was the 2022 Financial Times Adviser 5 Star Winner for Pension & Protection services. It also picked up the Excellence Award for its Outstanding Individual Life Insurance.
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Guardian’s award-winning Life Insurance has many features that make it unique and competitive. You can opt to take out Life Insurance on its own. Or, for an additional premium, you can take it out alongside Critical Illness Cover.
Guardian Life Insurance Coverage
Type of Cover
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Terminal Illness Cover?
✅ Included as Standard
Also pays out for the following conditions even if life expectancy at diagnosis exceeds 12 months:
✅ Dual Cover:
Waiver of Premium
✅ Included as Standard
Optional Critical Illness Cover
An optional add-on for an extra premium, covering children from birth to 23 years of age. It pays out:
Guardian Life Insurance is unique in many ways.
For instance, traditional joint Life Insurance pays out when either person dies, leaving the other uninsured. But Guardian’s dual life cover packages two single policies into one menu plan.
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Guardian’s Life Insurance offers a range of different elements so you can tailor your cover to your needs. We’ve outlined its key policy factors below.
Where some providers offer unlimited Life Insurance, Guardian has a maximum benefit of £15 million. However, £15 million is a high enough limit that it will likely be sufficient for almost every individual.
Guardian has a Guaranteed Insurability option included in its Life Insurance policy. This lets you increase your benefit without further underwriting following certain life events, such as:
The maximum increase is the lower of 25% of your benefit or £50,000. Guardian also lets you extend the policy term if you increase the length of your mortgage, providing you don’t exceed the maximum age for cover.
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Your benefit increase could be capped at a lower amount if you’re increasing it due to a new or existing mortgage. For instance, if your mortgage increase is lower than 25% of your original benefit or £50,000, this will be the increase limit.
Couples have two single Life Insurance policies under one plan, rather than a joint-life, first death arrangement. With the latter, the policy ceases on the first partner’s death, leaving the surviving partner uninsured.
Guardian’s Dual Cover gives each partner their own Life Insurance. If one person dies, their claim is paid out and the surviving partner keeps their own cover. Or, if both people died during the policy term, Guardian would pay two claims, one for each partner. This option also provides you with a premium discount.
Guardian gives you the option to take out your Life Insurance on an increasing basis. This helps to protect your benefit from decreasing in value over time as a result of inflation. It’s known as index-linked cover.
Each year, Guardian increases your benefit in line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI) rate of inflation. Some insurers cap index-linked increases at 10% each year, but Guardian doesn’t do this. Although, increases of 10% or more may be subject to underwriting.
Guardian will notify you of the increase before the policy anniversary If you don’t want to accept the increase, you’re free to decline.
However, if you decline the increase for 3 years in a row, Guardian will change your cover from increasing to level.
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The maximum amount of Life Insurance you can reach after index-linked benefit increases is £20 million. With Life and Critical Illness Insurance, it is £3 million.
Your premiums will also increase each year, but by the rate of inflation multiplied by 1.5. For example, if inflation is 2% then your benefit will rise by 2% and your premiums by 3.5%. This is to account for your age and your remaining policy term.
Guardian Anytime and Guardian HALO combine to make up a good package of free additional benefits. This includes access to 24/7 remote GP service, which only a handful of other Life Insurance providers offer.
Guardian pays at least some of your benefit for any diagnosis of cancer, regardless of severity. This includes low-risk, non-melanoma skin cancer.
Some providers require you to pay extra if you wish to include Total Permanent Disability cover as a Critical Illness. Guardian includes this as standard, with no need to pay an additional premium.
Guardian’s Life Insurance not only offers comprehensive cover, it comes with a range of free addtional benefits.
Guardian Anytime offers a comprehensive package of free additional benefits. For example, it provides:
Guardian HALO is Guardian’s expert claims management service. It offers help and advice in a variety of areas relating to a claim, for example:
With Guardian’s Life Insurance and Critical Illness cover, free Waiver of Premium is automatically included.
While all insurers offer this as an option, for most it’s an add-on for an extra premium. With Guardian’s Waiver of Premium, they step in to pay your premiums in the following scenarios:
If you can’t do your job due to illness or injury, Guardian will waive premiums until you’re either well enough to return to work, you reach retirement, or your policy expires.
Waiver of Premium cover also applies to Children’s Critical Illness Cover if you’ve added this to your plan. There’s no limit on the number of times you can use it, and it will have no impact on any claim you make.
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Guardian will not backdate Waiver of Premium or refund premiums. As such, it’s important to let them know as soon as you think you’ll be making a waiver of premium claim.
When looking to take out Life Insurance it’s important to compare providers. We’ve highlighted some of the key features of Guardian’s cover to help you do this.
Unlike most other providers, Guardian puts two single policies together under one menu plan, with a premium discount. This means the policy covers both lives separately.
If one partner passes away or becomes critically ill, the other partner keeps their cover. If both die during the policy term, Guardian will pay out on each person’s life.
Like most insurers, Guardian includes Terminal Illness Cover as standard. However, Guardian’s cover will also pay out if you’re also diagnosed with:
A claim is valid regardless of how long a doctor believes you will live after any of the above diagnoses.
The combination of Guardian HALO and Guardian Anytime make for a decent free additional benefits package. Guardian offers remote GP services, a second medical opinion, and bereavement counselling after the loss of a loved one.
For Critical Illness claims, you must meet the exact definition of the condition laid out in the policy terms. If you don’t meet the severity required in that definition, you can’t claim.
As a result, many providers exclude certain low-grade, low-risk cancers. This means many forms of skin cancer are excluded. However, Guardian promises at least some of your benefit for all cancer diagnoses, regardless of severity.
Many insurers require full medical reporting before agreeing to pay out a claim. However, Guardian will pay out for certain conditions based on evidence from your consultant. This includes some cancer, heart attack and stroke diagnoses.
Guardian includes Total Permanent Disability Cover as standard with its Critical Illness Insurance. This pays out if you become completely and totally disabled through illness or injury and can’t ever work again. For many insurers, this costs extra to add on.
If you do opt to add child cover to your adult Critical Illness Insurance, Guardian’s policy provides some very comprehensive cover. For instance, the number of conditions covered and the child death benefit are among the most generous on the market.
You also have the flexibility of choosing the sum your children are covered for. You can select any amount between £10,000 and £100,000, up to 100% of your benefit.
Many other providers offer Child Critical Illness for free when you take out Critical Illness Cover for yourself. With Guardian, it’s an optional add-on for an extra premium.
If you don’t have children this means you won’t pay for a service you won’t use. However, if you do or plan to grow your family soon you will need to pay extra.
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Critical Illness Insurance definitions change and evolve over time. This happens with all insurers and is usually in response to factors such as changes in medical science.
However, most providers only tend to offer these improved definitions for new applications. Existing policyholders stick with the definitions in place at the time they took out cover. Guardian, on the other hand, promises policy upgrades to all existing policyholders. As a result, more individuals get to benefit from improved Critical Illness definitions.
Every insurer has a survival period for Critical Illness claims. For many insurers, you can claim after surviving for 10 days following your critical diagnosis. But, Guardian has a 14 day survival period.
Due to several acquisitions and rebrands, Guardian has only been offering Life and Critical Illness under its current brand since 2018. Since then, it has not yet published detailed claims statistics, such as the percentage of claims paid.
While it’s likely these will come with time, it does make Guardian slightly less transparent on this front than the rest of the providers in the market.
As with any insurance policy, your budget can often dictate the policy you choose to take out. To help with this, we’ve provided example costs for Guardian Life Insurance based on varying ages, with and without Critical Illness Cover below.
To calculate these quotes, we’ve assumed that the individual looking for cover wants £250,000 of cover, and:
30 Years Old
40 Years Old
50 Years Old
30 Years Old
40 Years Old
50 Years Old
Guardian provides a very comprehensive Life Insurance policy, but there are many features to consider. It’s worth researching several insurers to find the best overall fit for your specific needs.
For further information, we’ve written a review of the best UK Life Insurance. This breaks down several providers and policies by the key factors you should consider when deciding on your cover.
Alternatively, if you’re confident in what you need you can use our online quote tool to compare life insurance quotes and apply online.
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