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Protect Against Unemployment With Redundancy Cover

Dec 20, 2007
No one can say their job is safe and with the future being unpredictable if you have loans, credit cards or a mortgage you could be left worrying how you would manage to repay them if you were to come out of work. While you cannot predict the future you can safeguard your finances with payment protection insurance taken out in the form of redundancy cover which can give you a replacement income.

If you were made redundant, and providing you had checked the terms and conditions of a policy, then redundancy cover would give you the money needed to carry on paying your essential outgoings once you had been out of work for a period of time continually. The majority of policies ask that you are out of work for between 31 to 90 days before they will kick in and begin providing you with a tax free income and would then continue for between 12 and 24 months, depending on the terms and conditions of the policy.

Loan payment protection can be taken out to safeguard against being made redundant and would give you the money each month to be able to continue repaying your loan or credit card repayments and so not get behind and into debt. Mortgage payment protection can be taken out if you have monthly mortgage repayments to make and can help you to keep the roof over your head. If you wish to protect your income in general then income protection would replace your income up to a set amount each month.

All policies can be taken out to cover redundancy alone or for an extra premium you can extend this to cover against accident and sickness too. Sadly many homeowners rely on the State to help out in their time of need but many have found that the cover is inadequate and any savings soon dwindle if you were to be out of work for any period of time.

Redundancy cover is known to be confusing and hard to understand but if you take out your cover with an independent provider you will be given all the advice and key facts so that you are able to make an informed decision regarding the suitability of the policy. Along with this you will get the cheapest premiums possible and avoid the high street lenders "rip-off", just recently the Competition Commission announced that high street lenders were raking in huge profits of 4 billion a year, although the lenders themselves actually remain tight lipped regarding this.

In March 2008 comparison tables will be introduced which it is hoped will make payment protection more transparent. They will ask a series of questions by which the consumer will be led to the most suitable product for their needs and will also be told about the exclusions in redundancy cover and how much their cover will cost in total. For now the only reliable way to get the information needed is to go with an independent specialist and more ethical provider for the cover.
About the Author
Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of redundancy cover, loan protection insurance and income protection insurance.
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