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Protecting your income – need to knows

Look after your family

Many people miss paying their rent or mortgage because illness or injury prevents them from working. If the only money you have coming in is sick pay and possibly state benefits, it’s easy to see how it might become difficult to pay what is likely to be your largest monthly outgoing. Income protection insurance has a vital role to play as it can provide funds if you are forced off work due to illness or accident.

Arrange a plan to suit your own needs

Monthly cover – the higher the cover, the more expensive your premiums will be. There is a maximum cover level of around 60% of earnings after tax

Payment duration – accident and sickness policies typically pay out for 12 or 24 months, whereas income protection plans provide cover up to retirement age

– Waiting period – the length of time you’d be off work before the policy starts paying out. The shorter this period, the higher the premiums

– Parent cover – cover for if you need to take time off to look after a dependent child

– Death benefit – included in some policies. What else do I need to know?

Premiums will depend on factors such as your age, health and the type of work you do. One insurer recently stated, ‘We don’t exclude coronavirus from any of the policies,’ but ‘We’ve added some new questions about coronavirus that you’ll need to answer if applying for a new policy.’

Ask for the latest information about coronavirus and income protection. Get in touch today, don’t leave it until it is too late.