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Low cost Income Protection Insurance

How to Save Money on Income Protection Premiums

Low cost income protection options can be an affordable way of protecting your income if you are unable to work due to ill health.

There are two ways to have low cost income protection insurance, Stepped benefit's and limited claims period.

Stepped Benefit

With some providers such as Legal & General you can have an income protection policy that provides a lower income after the initially deferment period with a larger benefit being paid after a second deferment period.

This can work well for someone who's employer pays say 50% sick pay for the first 6 months of illness or some one who receives fully pay for 3 months and half pay for three months.

Limited Claim Period

A standard income protection insurance can potentially pay you a benefit for the full term of the policy if you are unable to work as a result of illness or accident. With a budget income protection plan this is limited to a maximum of two years.

This reduces the risk to the insurance company and hence reduces the premium payable which could save you as much as 64% when compared with a standard policy. Below are some example premiums for LV's budget policy compared to their standard income protection plan.

Here are examples of how budget income protection can help when cost is an issue.

Example premiums Income protection Budget income
protection
Male, 35, non-smoker, rate class 1, 6 month waiting period,
guaranteed rates, £1,000 benefit a month, inflation linked,
expiry age 65
£18.11
a month
£8.02
a month
    Saving 44%
Female, 30, smoker, rate class 1, 12 month waiting period,
guaranteed rates, £1,000 benefit a month, inflation linked,
expiry age 65
£30.64
a month
£12.22
a month
    Saving 39%
Source Webline 16/06/2016    

Below is an over view of LV's standard income protection compared with their budget option.

  Income protection Budget income protection

Own occupation cover
For 78% of occupations we cover, we offer ‘own occupation’
cover. This means that your clients are protected if they’re
unable to do their own job, rather than one they may be
suited to do.

Yes

Yes

Salary limits
Your clients can select a monthly amount of cover up to
55% of their income (before tax).

Yes

Yes

Cover to age 70
To apply, your clients must be aged between 17 and 59 years.
However for 94% of all occupations that we cover, cover can continue right up to age 70.

Yes

Yes

Guaranteed Premiums
Can help your clients plan, so they know how much they will always pay.

Yes

Yes

No standard exclusions
LV= has no standard exclusions.

Yes

Yes

Choice of waiting periods
All occupations we cover, have a choice of a 1,2,3,6, 12
or 24 month waiting period.

Yes

Yes

Inflation-linked cover
We simply increase the premium and cover by the rate
of inflation each year (using the Retail Prices Index).

Yes

Yes

Review of three years income for self-employed
We’ll take into account an income averaged over the last
three years.

Yes

Yes

£1,000 benefit guarantee
When your client claims, we guarantee that no matter
what their income is, they’ll receive at least £1,000 a month
(or if they chose cover of less than £1,000 then the amount
they chose).
Please see the policy summary for terms and conditions.

Yes

Yes

Career break option
We’ll provide cover up to a maximum of £1,500 a month
(plus inflation linked increases that may apply).

Yes

Yes

Maximum Claim Duration

Unlimited
Until the end of the plan or
when the maximum age is
reached, or whichever is sooner.

Maximum 2 years
Policy holders can make as
many claims of up to 2 years
in duration as they need
to, providing that they have
returned to work for a minimum
of 6 months between each
claim. Homemakers will receive
a monthly benefit for up to a
maximum of two years for any
single claim. If we have paid a
single claim to a homemaker for two years, the policy will stop.

Source LV 06/2016

Legal & Gernal Low Cost Option

This option provides a way of keeping the cost of your premiums down. If you meet the definition of incapacity they will pay benefit for up to a total of five years, including any time payments are made under the Hospitalisation benefit. After the benefit has been paid for five years, your policy will end.

There are other providers who’s products may be more suitable to your needs. For independent protection advice call us on 0845 262 2226.

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