Income payment protection insurance is one of the more confusing products of all the payment protection cover you can take out. This is due to the fact that there is this policy and a similar policy called income protection insurance. Income protection insurance would pay out over the longer term which can be up to the age of retirement if needed but does not cover unemployment, just accident and sickness.
Income payment protection on the other hand would safeguard against the possibility of you being unable to work after sickness and accident and it would also payout if you were to become unemployed due to such as being made redundant. However it would not payout for as long as the other policy, in fact for a much shorter time. It would payout depending on the provider offering the policy which is usually for between 12 months and 24 months. You would also have to wait between 30 and 90 days before you are able to put in your claim and this again depends on the provider you choose to take your protection from. Some providers might also back date your policy to the first day of you being unable to work or of being unemployed. You also have to compare the exclusions which can apply to the policy as these are what determine if you would be eligible.
A policy taken with a provider who only sells payment protection policies is essential if you want to get the cheapest but best quality product. They will also provide you with all the advice that is needed to be sure cover is suitable on their website and in the key facts of the cover which you are comparing.
Income protection would allow you to be able to continue paying out for all your essential outgoings if you lost your own income. You could insure up to so much of your income each month and then get this sum back if and when you became unemployed or incapacitated. It would allow you the peace of mind that when your mortgage payment was due the money would be there in the bank. With this behind you there would be no chance of you falling into arrears and being unable to keep up with your mortgage repayments. You would be able to concentrate on making a recovery if you were ill or has suffered an accident or it would give you the time needed to search around for work again.
Your income payment protection insurance would also provide with enough money to be able to continue paying your loan or credit card outgoings so that you would not be at risk of getting into debt. This would allow maintaining your credit rating and keeping yourself out of court. You could also keep on paying all other essential outgoings which would be enough to be able to carry on living your lifestyle without having to make too many drastic changes. You would also not have to try to decide which bills could be juggled around and put off for a while which could get you in knots financially.
Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance , a specialist provider of income payment protection insurance .