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Do Not Be Left Struggling Take Income Insurance Out

Jun 1, 2008
Income insurance could be your saviour if through illness you were unable to earn a living for a period of time. It would also step in and help if you were to become unemployed through no fault of your own, or if you had to take time off from work due to an accident. All of these events can and do happen when we least expect it.

You would have a hard enough time recovering from illness or an accident without the additional stress of having to find the money needed to be able to meet all your bills each month. You would of course have to be able to pay your mortgage unless you want to lose your home to repossession. Loan and credit card outgoings would also have to be continued, as would all the other bills that drop through the letterbox on a regular basis.

Income insurance would allow you to do this without having to change your current lifestyle or make drastic cutbacks. If fact you would be able to continue just as you had been while you were working. Your cover would give such peace of mind that you would be able to recover much faster and of course you wouldn't be thinking about bills while concentrating on passing your interviews when looking for work.

Cover can be taken out from a standalone provider of payment protection insurance. This is the cheapest way to take out a policy but you have to shop around with independent providers as the cost of the policy will vary, and it can be considerably. Another factor which also varies is when the policy would begin to payout and when it would end. This can be anything from day 30 of unemployed or of being incapacitated and unable to work, or it could be as much as the 90th day. All cover pays out for so long before it then expires. The majority of policies will pay between a period of either 12 months or 24 months. You can find out exactly how long the policy you are considering taking pays out by checking the terms and conditions.

The terms and condition do have to be checked to ensure that you understand what you are taking on and if it would be suitable for your circumstances. Standalone providers will provide you with the key facts of any income insurance you take from them along with facts on the cover you should now. Payment protection products have in the past given cause for concern but consumers should not be over alarmed, providing cover is bought from an independent provider and you understand what you buying they can and do provide valuable protection.

You could be tempted to rely on savings as a way of getting by but these would not last for ever, or you might think that State help would see you through. Neither are great ways of relying on receiving an income each month. You would have to meet certain requirements with the State and you could be waiting for many months before receiving any benefit. In the meantime your bills would be mounting up.
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Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of income insurance .
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