Income Protection

Income protection pays you an income if you can’t work because you’re ill. It will continue to pay you sick pay until you can go back to work. It gives you the peace of mind that you’ll be able to maintain your family’s standard of living if you’re ill and you can’t work.

Income Protection

  • Pays you a regular income if you’re unable to work because you’re ill or you have an accident.
  • Covers up to 65% of your income if you’re unable to work.
  • Choose either level or increasing (e.g., inflation linked) cover.
  • Pays you a tax-free income until you either go back to work, you retire, you die or you reach the end of the policy term, whichever is earliest.

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You get a regular tax-free income if you're ill and you can't work.

You have the peace of mind that you and your loved ones lifestyle is protected.

No limit to the number of times you can claim.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The information provided in these FAQs does not constitute professional financial advice. We strongly recommended that you consult a professional adviser before proceeding with a financial transaction.

Is it worth getting income protection?

It depends whether you already have income protection and, if you do, how much cover you have. If you’re unable to work due to an illness or an accident your employer might continue to give you some level of sick pay for a limited time.

Even when an employer pays sick pay, most employees are usually moved onto Statutory Sick Pay within six months, and very few employers will support you for more than a year if you can’t work because you’re ill.

If your income stops you can quickly get into a situation where you can’t pay your essential household bills, such as your mortgage or rent, and utilities. It’s particularly difficult if you’re self-employed because you have no sick pay arrangements to fall back on.

What does income protection not cover?

It doesn’t cover you if you lose your job or you’re made redundant. Income protection is designed to pay you a regular income if you can’t do your job because you’re ill or you’ve had an accident.

How long does income protection pay out for?

Some policies offer cheaper cover if you limit the benefit payment period to between two and five-years. A comprehensive income protection policy will pay out until you’re either well enough go back to work or you retire (if earlier).

If you’re physically unable to do your old job because of your illness or accident, a comprehensive policy may also pay you a top-up income to bridge the gap between your new salary and your old one.

Is income protection better than critical illness insurance?

Critical illness insurance and income protection insurance are equally important.They give different types of financial protection for you and your loved ones. Ideally you should have both but only if affordable. If affordability is an issue it’s better to have a little of both.

Can I have 2 income protection policies?

The upper limit on the amount you can protect using income protection insurance is between 50% and 65% of your income across all your income protection policies. The actual maximum differs between insurers. If you insure yourself for more than the upper limit with multiple policies, it’s likely that your insurer(s) will limit the income they pay you in the event of a claim.

If your employer’s sick pay policy gives you a period with full pay followed by a period with reduced pay e.g., 6 months full-pay then 6 months half-pay, you could use two separate income protection policies. Each policy should have a different deferred period to give a seamless level of income throughout the period during which you can’t work.

What tax do I pay on income protection insurance?

For a personal income protection policy, premiums are not tax deductible. Benefit payments are however completely tax-free.

Note that this tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in future.

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