No one likes to think that something bad will happen to them, but if you couldn’t work due to a serious illness, how would you manage? Could you survive on savings, or on sick pay from work? If not, you’ll need some other way to keep paying the bills – and you might want to consider Income Protection insurance.
What is income protection insurance?
Income protection insurance (also known as Permanent Health Insurance) is a long-term insurance policy to help you if you can’t work because you’re ill or injured. It provides a monthly tax-free payment to replace part of your income if you can’t work because you become ill or disabled.
- It pays out until you can start working again
Or until you retire, die or the end of the policy term – whichever is sooner.
- There’s a waiting period before the payments start
You generally set payments to start after your sick pay ends, or after any other insurance stops covering you. The longer you wait, the lower the monthly payments.
- It covers most illnesses that leave you unable to work
In many cases this is based on your normal occupation, rather than the ability to do any work whatsoever.
- You can claim as many times as you need to
While the policy lasts. The insurer can’t stop paying you because you have claimed before.
It’s not the same as critical illness insurance, which pays out a one-off lump sum if you have a specific serious illness.
It’s not the same as short-term income protection, which also pays out a monthly sum related to your income, but only for a limited period of time (normally between two and five years) and can cover fewer illnesses or situations.
To find out more and to discuss your needs, call 01202 622223 or contact us using our online enquiry form.