Tel: 01283 701569

Experienced Independent Financial Advisers

Financial support

11 Nov 2019

Looking after your lifestyle during a time of uncertainty

Nobody wants to worry about how they’ll pay the bills if they become sick or injured and can’t work. But illness or injury can strike at any time and can lead to serious financial trouble. The latest government figures[1] report the dramatic increase in the likelihood of long-term sickness absence when we age, leading to an employment absence of four weeks or more.

This highlights a worrying increase in the probability of experiencing long-term sickness absence as we age. 3% of workers under the age of 45 experienced a long-term absence from work as a result of sickness in 2018. This doubled to 6% among the 45-and-over population. In 2018, 773,000 workers aged 45 and over had to take time off due to poor health, of which 59,000 subsequently left work completely.

Helping support you financially
There are more than ten million people in work in the UK aged 50 and above. This is more than ever before, and it is the fastest-growing employee population in the country. It is estimated that by 2025, the over-50s will represent one-in-three workers.

If appropriate to your particular situation, Income Protection Insurance can help support you financially if you have time off work and suffer a loss of earnings because of injury or illness. This type of insurance covers most illnesses that leave you unable to work. For example, it may cover you if you’re unable to work due to a stress-related illness or a mental or physical health condition.

Unable to work due to illness or injury
Income Protection Insurance only covers you if you’re unable to work due to illness or injury – it does not pay out if you are made redundant. There are different types of Income Protection Insurance, but most are either Individual Income Protection Insurance (often called ‘IP’) or Employer Provided Income Protection Insurance (known as ‘Group Income Protection’ or ‘GIP’).

Individual Income Protection is taken out if you want to independently protect your income in the event of being unable to work due to illness or injury. Employer Provided Income Protection Insurance is a policy taken out by your employer to protect your income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury.

Keeping on top of monthly expenses
If you or your employer buy an income protection policy, you will be paid a monthly income if you find yourself unable to work. You or your employer will pay a monthly premium to your insurer for your chosen policy, which will pay out after a pre-agreed waiting period.
Most policies have a pre-agreed waiting period. This is also known as the ‘deferred’ period. The waiting period is the time between being unable to work and the time at which you will begin receiving payments. Most people rely on their salary to keep on top of monthly expenses. Without this salary, you can be left in a difficult situation when having to cover rent, mortgage repayments or bills.

Being off work for a prolonged period
Our lives these days are racked with financial worries, so having the safety net of a policy that pays out a regular income in the event that you’re unable to work due to illness or injury could be just what you need to provide that valuable peace of mind.

Having Income Protection Insurance will mean that you can continue to pay your bills, rent or mortgage if you are unable to work. This protection will ensure you receive a monthly income for as long as you need to recover, so even if you have to be off work for a prolonged period, you can protect your finances and lifestyle.

Source data:

Footnote: Our belief is that all finacial advice should be tailored to your particular needs and situation. The content of the articles featured in here are for your general information and use only; they are not intended to address your particular requirements or constitute a full and authoritative statement of the law. They should not be relied upon in their entirety and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute advice. Although endeavours have been made to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No individual or company should act upon such information without receiving appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of their particular situation. Please get in touch to meet with us for a full consultation.

Previous: Taxing times ahead

Next: Tax-wise

Get in touch for more details

Please fill the form below to contact us

    Your Name (required)

    Company Name

    Your Email (required)

    Areas of concern

    Individual servicesCorporate servicesMiscellaneous


    Your Message

    We take your Privacy Seriously. Personal information submitted to us with this form will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations ‘GDPR’. By submitting this enquiry form you expressly consent to be contacted without prior notice or arrangement by using the contact details you have provided on the form. For further information on how we treat your personal information, please view our Privacy Policy

    I have read and agree to the privacy policy. Please retain my details to contact me.Please do not add me to the mailing list.