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What is it?
What is Income Protection Insurance?
Have you considered how you would cope financially if you could not work due to an illness or disability? State benefits will only pay £85.85 (as of February 2013) per week for a maximum of 28 weeks and that is if you are entitled to claim. How would you make the mortgage payments, pay bills, supply for your family and buy petrol, food, etc.
Income Protection Insurance, also known as Income Protection, Income Insurance or Income Replacement Cover, provides you with a tax free monthly income until your selected retirement age (usually between 50 and 70) if you are unable to work due to an illness or disability.
The premiums are calculated based on your occupation, age, health, estimated retirement age and the amount/level of cover that you choose. When applying for cover you will need to select a deferment period, this is usually 4, 8, 13, 26 or 52 weeks, and represents the amount of time that you will need to be off work before you can claim. Please note that we also offer deferment periods of 1 day and 1 week, if you are interested in these options please Contact Us.
Income Protection Insurance is often mistaken for ASU (Accident, Sickness and Unemployment) Cover. Income Protection provides long term protection of income for illness or disability, whereas ASU provides short term cover for Accident, Sickness and redundancy. For more information regarding the differences between these policies, please view our online comparison here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I work Part Time, can I Protect my Income?
If you work more than 16 hours per week most companies will allow you to take out cover, but you must make sure you do not over insure yourself. Remember you can usually insure yourself for around 50% of your gross annual income although some companies do slightly more than this.
I am Self Employed, can I Protect my Income?
Most self employed persons whether as a sole trader or partnership are able to take out income protection cover, however you must be extremely cautious with regards to eligibility and income. Firstly your income is defined as your 'net profit' declared on your self assessment forms: This is your income before you pay tax but after your business expenses have been deducted. At the time of claim income protection is based on your income (normally over the last 12 months or last tax return) so you need to keep an eye on your benefit to ensure you do not become over- insured further down the line.
I am a Company Director, can I Protect my Income?
Yes, Company Directors are technically employees of their own companies so they can take cover out. You will need to be careful if you take dividends as different insurers look at them differently. Many providers will consider your dividends alongside your salary in the event of an incapacity claim, however if you continue to draw dividends from the company during incapacity then your claim may be reduced. It should be noted that some insurers will look at an average of the last 12 months and some the last 36 months. Some insurance companies will not take dividends into account at all.
I am Unemployed, can I Protect my Income?
Typically you cannot take income protection insurance out if you are unemployed. Although some companies will offer a policy called House Person's Income Protection which covers a set monthly benefit if you are unable complete a number of daily actives. The alternative to this of course is to look into Critical Illness Cover which is not financially underwritten.
What is Index Linked Income Protection Insurance?
This means that your cover will increase each year in line with inflation. Do be careful though as your premiums will also increase if you choose this option. Typically this is a good idea as £1000pm now will not be worth the same in 10 years time. Again you need to be careful that you are eligible on an ongoing basis with index linked cover as you will still be assessed at point of claim based on your taxable earnings.
Can I Claim in Addition to Sick Pay or Other Policies
Most policies will have a clause that states they will pay up to a certain percentage of income minus any other income you may receive. This can include other insurance policies and/or sick pay, it may also dependent upon the chosen policy, class benefits such as jobseekers allowance into account. For this reason it is always worth speaking to an advisor before arranging income protection.