A Guide to Income Protection: Coping financially with serious illness or injury

Supporting you when times get tough

Serious illness or injury can occur at any time and will inevitably cause strain on families financially, as well as personally. Income Protection insurance (also known as ‘IP insurance’) is designed to provide cover if you can’t earn an income for a number of specified reasons. It provides a financial resilience to individuals and households and gives peace of mind.

Income Protection

Help to support you financially

If something happened to you, would you be able to survive on your savings or on sick pay from work? If not, Income Protection is an alternative way to keep paying the bills. But it’s important to remember that Income Protection only covers you if you’re unable to work due to illness or injury – it does not pay out if you are made redundant.

This type of insurance covers most illnesses that leave you unable to work. What that means, exactly, depends on your individual policy. For example, it may cover you if you are unable to work due to a stress-related illness or a serious heart condition.

Potentially financially vulnerable

In Briton today, there are over three million working couples classed as ‘double income, no option’ (DINOs), which means they are potentially financially vulnerable if one of the two loses their earnings.

The typical household today looks very different from the traditional image of a working family made up of one primary breadwinner and one homemaker. Nowadays, many households instead rely on two incomes to maintain their lifestyle, or even just to get by. Of the two thirds of Britons who are living as part of a couple, half (51%) are both currently working. Yet, without adequate savings or protection insurance, millions could be at risk financially if one of the main earners was unable to work for a period of time.


Worried about how you’ll pay the bills if you’re off work due to an illness or injury?

When you suffer a serious illness or injury, the last thing you should worry about is how you’ll pay the bills while you’re off work. After all, what if your sick pay should run out while you’re still recovering?

To discuss your situation or for further information, please Contact Us.

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