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Payment Protection Cover Provides Security By Way Of An Income

Mar 31, 2008
If you have loan, credit card or mortgage repayments to service each month then you could benefit from taking out payment protection cover. You could also benefit if you are in full time work and wish to protect your outgoings in general.

Payment protection cover is a term that is used for a family of insurance policies. They include loan protection, mortgage protection and income protection. While they all do the same thing, which is to provide the policyholder with an income, they do so for different possibilities.

All policies can provide the financial security of a tax-free income. The insurance can pay out if the policyholder should be unable to work due to suffering sickness or accident. It can also protect against unemployment via involuntary redundancy. Usually you would have to wait for between 30 and 90 days of being declared unfit for work or unemployed before you claim. A policy would then carry on paying for between 12 and 24 months depending on the terms and conditions. It is essential to read these as they give essential information relating to the policy. They also state any exclusions, which could apply to the policy.

Mortgage payment protection cover could provide the policyholder with the income each month to ensure they could continue servicing their mortgage outgoings. The income would give peace of mind and security that you would not be at risk of losing your home while you were incapacitated or unemployed.

While some homeowners rely on savings to get them by these would soon run dry if you were to be unemployed or unfit for work for many months. Others believe that the State would supply them with help financially. The State can provide help but you must be claiming income support and not have savings over a certain amount.

If you have a partner living in your home that is in full time employment than this would render you ineligible to claim also. Even if you were eligible to claim, then you would have to wait for up to 9 months before receiving help if you took out the mortgage before October 1995. Then any benefit would only cover the interest part of the mortgage for up to the first 100,000.

Loan payment protection would provide an income that would be used to maintain your loan or credit card repayments each month. This would provide peace of mind that you would not get into debt and risk the bailiffs seeking possession of your belongings. It also means you would be able to maintain your credit rating. A bad credit rating can take years to repair and in the meantime, you would struggle to get credit.

Income cover would provide the policyholder with an income that would replace their own up to a certain amount. This income could then be used to maintain their current lifestyle and ensure that huge changes would not have to be made. This sum of money would allow you to concentrate on recovering or to find another job without the financial worry.

All three types of payment protection cover would offer cover for a premium each month. The cheapest quotes are to be found with an independent provider. Taking out a policy alongside the borrowing can add hundreds of pounds more than it need to. The cost of payment protection will be based on how much you wish to cover each month and your age when applying. In the case of mortgage protection, it also depends on the level of cover you choose. You are able to take out insurance to protect against unemployment only, accident and sickness only or for all three.
About the Author
Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of payment protection cover, income protection insurance and loan protection insurance.
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