Income protection insurance – what is it?

Income protection insurance – what is it?

Income protection insurance (sometimes known as permanent health insurance) is a long-term insurance policy designed to help you if you can’t work because you’re ill or injured.

It ensures you continue to receive a regular income until you retire or are able to return to work.

  • It replaces 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 often 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 premiums.
  • It covers most illnesses that leave you unable to work – either in the short or long term (depending on the type of policy and its definition of incapacity).
  • You can claim as many times as you need to – while the policy lasts.

t’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.

Do you need Income Protection Insurance?

According to the ABI, one million workers a year find themselves unable to work due to a serious illness or injury.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you have children or other dependants – if illness would mean you couldn’t pay the bills, you should consider income protection insurance.

You’re most likely to need it if you’re self-employed or employed and you don’t have sick pay to fall back on.

Check what your employer will provide for you if you’re off sick.

Ref: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/do-you-need-income-protection-insurance