Income Protection is an insurance policy designed to pay out a regular income if you are unable to work due to an accident, sickness or unemployment. The pay-out can make sure you are still able to meet your essential household costs. For example, your mortgage/rent, utilities and ensure you can put food on the table until you are able to return to work.
You can choose between a short-term plan and a long-term plan. Some insurers now offer 1 or 2 year payment terms. Alternatively, you can choose the long-term plan which will pay out until retirement, death or your return to work. If you cannot afford to be off work for 1 day, you can choose for the cover to pay out from day 1. This gives you the peace of mind that you are protected straight away.
Cover can also start from 1 week, 4 weeks, 8 weeks and so on. Generally, the longer you can wait for the pay-out, the lower your monthly premiums will be. Premiums will also depend on your age, health, occupation and how much cover you need. The amount of protection you can have is based on a percentage of your income, which varies from 50% to 70%. Payments are also completely tax-free and if you are employed you can still receive your Statutory Sick Pay at £94.25 per week.
With access to the entire UK Income Protection market, you know that you will get the best cover possible.
Once you’ve considered these points, the ‘need’ may become more apparent. If so, get in touch with us and we can arrange for a specialist to contact you and discuss how critical illness cover could protect your finances if such a scenario were to occur.
If your family depend on your income, the loss of income can be severe. The pay- out from Income Protection can ensure your income is covered. Taking care of your family is the main reason why you should take out an insurance policy. Whether it may be for Income Protection to protect your wage, or for a Life Insurance policy.
Income Protection can ensure that in the event you cannot work due to illness or injury, you can still afford to pay your essential household bills. For example, mortgage/rent, utilities etc.
If you’re self-employed, unfortunately, you won’t receive any sick pay or SSP. Income Protection can be important to ensure your income is replaced if you fall ill.