Understanding why it’s important to protect your income could help you to safeguard your financial security
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Whether you are employed or self-employed, it is important to consider how you might be able to cope with all those monthly bills if sickness or an injury meant a lengthy period away from work.
You may receive some sick pay from your employer or you may have some savings to fall back on. But how long will these last for, and will they be enough to cope with mortgage payments, rent, energy bills, essential grocery shopping and all those other items that add up each month?
Despite the potential repercussions of not having a protection policy in place, Income Protection remains one of the most misunderstood insurance plans available.
Are you risking your income?*
Have an Income Protection policy
have had to take a month or longer off work due to sickness or injury
have had to take 3 months or more off work due to sickness or injury
receive 3 months or less sick pay from their employer
receive no sick pay at all
only have up to 3 months income in savings
have less than one month’s income in savings
are willing to pay for Income Protection
believe it is too expensive
is the median estimate for Income Protection payout rates
is closer to the actual figure
of self-employed have Income Protection
of self-employed have 3 months or less income in savings
of self-employed have less than 1 month income in savings
When you take out an income protection plan you have peace of mind that you can look forward to a monthly tax-free benefit you can go on receiving until you are well enough to return to work, or even up until retirement.
You can also benefit by adjusting your levels of premium, benefits and deferred period before payments start in order to control the costs to suit your changing circumstances.
*All figures are from the Drewberry Insurance Protection Survey 2015
How to buy Income Protection: You can open a plan online quickly and securely by clicking the button below:
Alternatively, if you would like assistance in applying or would like more information regarding the plan, you can speak to a member of our customer services team by calling 0800 195 2170
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER
*Male aged 32 with a waiting period of 26 weeks, £258 of cover, premium of £5
All references to taxation are to UK taxation and are based on Shepherds Friendly Society's understanding of current legislation and H M Revenue and Customs practice which may change in the future. For our With Profits plans investment growth is by means of bonuses, the amount of which cannot be guaranteed throughout the term of the contract. Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions of this plan which are available from your financial adviser or by contacting us directly.