Guide to buying income protection

20 Dec

You may not have heard of income protection, but it is actually one of the most important insurance products you can have in the UK. If you were to fall ill and were unable to continue working, how would you meet your monthly outgoings? Whilst the government will pay a weekly benefit to eligible claimants, the maximum amount you can claim is £105.05, and this may not be enough to maintain your monthly lifestyle.

Income protection insurance will replace the majority of your income every month with a tax free benefit until you are well enough to get back to work- making recovery a little bit easier. Here is our guide to finding the right policy for you.

1)      Choose how much of your income you want to replace

When buying an income protection policy you can choose to cover as much of your salary as you want, usually up to around 70% of your gross monthly income. However, the more you choose to insure the higher your premiums will be. If you are unable to work because of an accident or illness, it is likely that your outgoings will be much reduced anyway because you will not be travelling to the office. Tot up how much you spend each month on your mortgage, rent, council tax, bills and other lifestyle costs, and cover as much as you need.

2)      Choose how long you want to be paid for

Think about how long you want your policy to pay out your benefit for. Some policies will only cover you for a maximum of 12 months, regardless of whether you are well enough to return to work after this time. Others will cover you until you get back to work or until retirement age, whichever is sooner. Longer term policies are sometimes more expensive than short term policies, but in the long run they can be a sensible investment.

3)      Choose your waiting period

Your waiting period is the amount of time between you being unable to work and your policy starting to pay out. You can choose a waiting period of 4, 13, 26, or 52 weeks, depending on how long you could survive on your savings or how long you receive sick pay. Obviously, the longer you can go without being paid, the cheaper your premiums will be. Speak to your employer to find out the amount of time you get statutory sick pay for, and design your cover so that it kicks in when this period ends.

4)      Choose your ‘own occupation’

There are a number of different definitions of incapacity you can choose from when buying income protection. Choosing ‘own occupation’ will mean that your insurer pays out if you are unable to carry out your current job because of accident or illness. Other definitions include ‘any occupation’, which mean your insurer will only pay out if you are unable to carry out any job at all. Whilst ‘own occupation’ can be more expensive, if you ever need to claim it will be worthwhile.

5)      Consider redundancy insurance

Redundancy insurance will cover you if you are made involuntarily redundant. This type of policy can be added onto your income protection for an additional premium, but will only pay out for a maximum of 12 months even if you have not found a job after this period of time. Many people find redundancy cover reassuring at times of economic difficulty.

When looking for income protection, make sure you get expert advice from a broker and familiarise yourself with the terminology. Don’t forget, there may be exclusions on your policy which you need to understand to prevent confusion in the future.

Author bio: Chloe writes for, an income protection comparison website and FSA registered insurance broker.

8 Responses to “Guide to buying income protection”

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