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What is Income

Income Protection Insurance is similar to critical illness cover. It is an insurance policy which pays benefits to policyholders who are incapacitated. They may be unable to work due to illness or because of an accident.

If circumstances change overnight and you are unable to work, you can be prepared for the unexpected by having a policy in place. It would allow you to continue to pay for your home and put food on the table.


There are many things to consider when you are self employed, including income protection if something was to prevent you from working. If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that circumstances can change overnight. Having Income Protection in place is the best way to cover yourself if you are unable to earn a wage to provide for yourself and your family.

In this article, we explore some of our frequently asked questions and give you all the information you need before taking out an Income Protection policy.

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The Insurance Surgery is a broker, so we can explore the whole market to find you the best price for your income protection policy for your individual circumstances. Currently, we have 12 insurance companies that we are able to find quotes for self employed income protection from. These include big names such as:

How Might Income Protection
Benefit the Self Employed?


As self-employed people don’t benefit from sick pay or redundancy pay, it might be worth having self-employed income protection. By getting income protection insurance, self employed people can stop worrying about what would happen if they were too ill or injured to work.

With a self employed income protection policy, you will have peace of mind that even if you couldn’t work, you’d still have some self-employed income for mortgage payments, debts and bills.

You would still be able to look after your home and provide for your family, as well as possibly maintaining the same lifestyle that you enjoy now. This would all depend on how much cover you take out.

It can be especially attractive to people who work in dangerous industries where they are at high risk of being injured and unable to work.

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Depending on your personal circumstances and how much you would like to pay as your monthly premium, income protection cover can vary. Other aspects can also vary your cover including age, medical history, level of cover and monthly income.

The maximum an insurance provider can cover varies from company to company, but the maximum is 70% of your income.

Your age at the start of the policy can affect the cost. The older you are when you take out the policy, the more you are likely to claim, as your risk of getting ill increases. There are also some policies where the premium will vary each year, depending on your age and current health.

The deferred period is the period of time from when a person has become unable to work until the time that the benefit begins to be paid.

It is the period of time an employee has to be out of work due to illness or injury before any benefit will start accumulating, and any claim payment will be made.

Some pre-existing conditions will be excluded from the policy with some providers. However if they are not excluded the cost of the cover will likely increase to take the additional risk into account.

Providers will ask for proof of income, either at application stage or most likely at claim stage. This is done using your most recent P60, or your last 3 years tax returns when you are self employed.

Some policies may include a ‘waiver of premium’. A waiver of premium means that whilst you have an active claim you are not expected to pay the premiums on the policy.

Once the claim ends and you are fit to go back to work, you then start to pay the premiums again.

This is dependent on the type of income protection you take out. Some can adjust throughout the life of the policy, whereas some policies will never change the premium or the sum assured.

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Case Study.

Neil’s Story

Age: 52
Occupation: Bathroom Salesman
Condition: Bowel Cancer



If you have any further questions about Self Employed Income Protection, now is the best time to contact The Insurance Surgery to begin the process. You can do this by using our quote form to fill in all your details, and a member of our expert team will contact you. Alternatively you can call us directly on 0800 083 2829 to speak to someone about your circumstances.

At The Insurance Surgery, we are the UK’s No.1 Specialist Insurance Broker. We are experts in life insurance and other insurance policies for people with medical conditions, dangerous occupations and those who are self employed. 70% of people declined elsewhere can get an insurance policy through us.

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