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What is Income Protection?

Income protection (sometimes also known as permanent health insurance) is designed to provide you with a monthly, tax free benefit in the event of you becoming incapacitated and unable to work due to illness or injury.

This type of policy is there to support you financially in such an event, until your policy term/pay-out term ends, or when you return to work or die – whichever is earliest.

In the event of a valid claim you will have to wait for a certain period of time to pass before the monthly benefit will start to pay out - this is called your 'deferment period'.

A deferment period can be from one day, up to two years with certain providers. Typically, the longer your deferred period, the lower your monthly premiums may be.

How much your monthly pay out (your 'policy benefit') will be is agreed when you start your policy. It’s important to understand that income protection policies are not designed to put you in a better financial position than if you were able to work full time. As such, your monthly pay out amount is restricted to a percentage of your gross annual income (up to 65% depending on the insurance provider).

Income protection is different from critical illness insurance, which pays out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with an defined illness of a specified severity.

Most modern income protection policies do not include cover for redundancy or unemployment. However, there may be other types of policies available which include unemployment cover - for more information please speak to our team of advisers

Is Income Protection taxable?

Income protection provides support when you need it most. If you have an income protection policy in place, you're probably already wondering if you'll need to pay income tax on your pay out. This depends on two outcomes:

  • If you have a personal Income Protection plan: You won’t have to pay tax on the money you receive as part of your claim as the maximum benefit is already limited (usually up to 65% of your annual salary)
     

  • If you have a plan through work or your own company: If your income protection plan is paid through your business or a business you work for, then if you claim, your payout is paid via PAYE and therefore taxed as usual. These plans are also normally known as Executive Income Protection and typically have a higher benefit. Please see our Business Protection page for more information.

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How can I buy Income Protection through Cavendish Online?

You can quote and apply for income protection by speaking to one of our expert protection advisers over the phone.

There are no upfront fees to speak to the team and recieve your income protection quotation.

Call the Cavendish Online team today on: 

01392 43 61 93 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5.30pm)

Why can't I quote and apply for income protection via your website?

Our wealth of experience protecting countless customers, their families and their incomes, has led us to believe that the best way to buy income protection is by speaking to the experts

Income protection is a more complex product than a standard life insurance policy. As such, we want to ensure that you are getting the most appropriate cover for your needs.

When you speak to a Cavendish Online protection adviser or consultant, they will guide you through the entire process of securing income protection - from quotation to application and beyond. 

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What happens if I can't pay my premiums?

If you are unable to pay your premiums, there are usually a few options available.

For example, if you are struggling to pay your premiums because you’re currently off work ill, and your plan includes waiver of premium, your insurer will cover your premiums for you and you won’t lose the cover.

Alternatively, they may be able to grant you some sort of payment holiday or repayment plan.  

It’s important to speak to your insurer before making any decisions about your policy. They will be able to provide more information and advice on what options are available.

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Can self employed get income protection?

Yes, self-employed individuals can get income protection insurance. It’s especially important for those who don't have sick pay to fall back on.

Can I have two income protection policies?

Yes, you can have more than one income protection policy, but the total amount you can claim is usually capped at a percentage of your pre-disability income across all policies to prevent over-insurance.

Can you work while on income protection?

Depending on your policy, you might be able to work in a reduced capacity or in a different role while claiming income protection. This is known as 'partial disability' or 'residual benefit' in some policies.


A successful claim depends on the level of cover you have purchased. 'Any occupation' means the cover will only pay out if you are unable to do any occupation. 'Own occupation' means the cover will pay out if you are unable to do your current job. Therefore, 'own occupation' is more comprehensive.


Since this product is a little more complicated than life insurance, please contact us on 01392 436193 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm) if you have any questions or would like a custom quote.

Can I claim income protection if I resign?

No, if you voluntarily resign from your job, you typically cannot claim income protection. This insurance is designed to support you in the event of illness or injury that prevents you from working, not if you choose to leave your job.

Can I claim income protection insurance as a business expense?

If you are self-employed, you can typically claim the premiums for income protection insurance as a business expense against your taxable income.

Please note that Cavendish Online is not authorised to assist with this, so please seek help from an accountant or financial adviser.

Frequently Asked Questions - Income Protection

Does income protection cover being fired?

Income protection does not cover dismissal from employment. It is designed to provide financial support if you are unable to work due to illness or injury, not due to job termination.

How does Income Protection work?

Income protection (sometimes also known as permanent health insurance) is designed to provide you with a monthly, tax free benefit in the event of you becoming incapacitated and unable to work due to illness or injury.

This type of policy is there to support you financially in such an event, until your policy term/pay-out term ends, or when you return to work or die – whichever is earliest.

In the event of a valid claim you will have to wait for a certain period of time to pass before the monthly benefit will start to pay out - this is called your 'deferment period'.

A deferment period can be from one day, up to two years with certain providers. Typically, the longer your deferred period, the lower your monthly premiums may be.

How much your monthly pay out (your 'policy benefit') will be is agreed when you start your policy. It’s important to understand that income protection policies are not designed to put you in a better financial position than if you were able to work full time. As such, your monthly pay out amount is restricted to a percentage of your gross annual income (up to 65% depending on the insurance provider).

Income protection is different from critical illness insurance, which pays out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with an defined illness of a specified severity.

Most modern income protection policies do not include cover for redundancy or unemployment. 

Are there different types of Income Protection?

There are two main types of income protection:

‘Limited Term’ or ‘Budget’ income protection where the monthly benefit is restricted to a certain period of time (typically 1, 2 or 5 years) in the event of a valid claim. There may be restrictions on the number of times you can claim or how more than one claim for the same incapacity may be treated. These policies typically cost less than a ‘Full Term’ income protection policy, so may be a good option for those looking to keep costs down. 

‘Full Term’ income protection is a policy where the monthly benefit is not restricted to a certain period of time. In the event of a valid claim, a full term income protection policy will provide a regular monthly payment until your policy term ends, when you return to work or when you pass away – whichever is earliest.

What affects the cost of income protection insurance?

The cost of income protection insurance is typically impacted by: 

  • Your age - unfortunately as we get older we are more likely to have medical conditions arise and therefore are comparatively more likely to need to claim on the policy, as such premiums are generally higher the older you are when you apply for cover. 
     
  • Your health and lifestyle information - the insurer will ask questions regarding you and your family medical history when you apply. They will also want to know if you participate in any dangerous hobbies, if you smoke or drink heavily too. 
     
  • Your occupation - if you have a job which is considered higher risk (e.g. offshore on an oil rig, armed forces, or do a large amount of manual work) your premiums will be higher than someone who does something considered as relatively low risk (e.g. an office worker). 
     
  • Your defered period (the 'waiting period') - generally speaking the longer you can wait before your income protection policy starts paying out, the lower your premiums will be. 
     
  • The type of income protection policy you secure - a 'Limited Term' income protection policy typically costs less than a 'Full Term' income protection policy due to the restrictions placed on the duration of potential policy pay outs. 

What happens if I can't pay my premiums?

What happens if you can't pay your premiums?

If you are unable to pay your premiums, there are usually a few options available.

For example, if you are struggling to pay your premiums because you’re currently off work ill, and your plan includes waiver of premium, your insurer will cover your premiums for you and you won’t lose the cover.

Alternatively, they may be able to grant you some sort of payment holiday or repayment plan.  

It’s important to speak to your insurer before making any decisions about your policy. They will be able to provide more information and advice on what options are available.

Does income protection cover redundancy?

Income protection insurance does not cover redundancy as it's designed to provide you with an income if you can’t work due to illness or injury. It is typically covered by other products such as redundancy cover, that you would need to take out to cover job loss due to redundancy.

How much is income protection insurance?

The cost of income protection insurance varies based on factors such as age, occupation, health, the percentage of income you'd like to cover, and the waiting period before the policy pays out. You can quote and apply for income protection by speaking to one of our expert protection advisers over the phone. Call our team today on 01392 43 61 93 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5.30pm).

Does income protection cover mental health?

Yes, income protection policies generally cover time off work due to mental health issues, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. It's important to review the policy details as some insurers may have exclusions or different levels of cover for mental health.

Can I claim ESA if i have income protection insurance?

You may be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) alongside income protection insurance, but any ESA you receive might be taken into account when calculating your income protection benefit.

What is group income protection?

Group income protection is an insurance policy offered by employers to provide employees with a regular income if they are unable to work due to long-term illness or injury. It's a benefit that can help with employee retention and support.

The insurance products offered by Cavendish Online have no cash-in value at any time. If you stop paying your premiums your cover will stop, your policy will end, and you will receive no benefit. If you have not claimed before the end of your chosen policy term, the policy will end, and no benefit will be paid.

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