Sunday, May 11, 2014

Redundancy Cover: How it Works.

Redundancy Cover (also sometimes known as Loss of Job Cover) is a more specific form of income protection that will protect you from the loss of income that you could suffer if you are made redundant or lose your job involuntarily. As a more specified and less broad type of cover, redundancy cover is far cheaper in monthly premiums than general income and mortgage protection policies, making it a sound option for those who want to be protected but cannot afford the premiums for more costly Income Protection cover.

In general, payment will begin 30 days after you are made redundant or lose your job. From there, monthly payments will help you manage your expenses for a period of up to 6 months to allow you enough time to get back on your feet. Furthermore, you can still claim on your redundancy cover even if you have received a redundancy payment from your employer when you were let go. This will not effect the amount paid out or the frequency of the payments in any way. You can claim TWICE in total for any redundancy cover benefit, meaning that you are covered for a period of 12 months in total, as long as you have been employed a certain amount of time in between the two six month claim periods.

The sum assured of a typical redundancy policy will be calculated as follows:

- 40% of your income before tax.
- 110% of your mortgage payment.

Whichever of these figures is higher will be your sum assured, and when you claim on your policy that is the amount you will be paid each month to help you maintain your lifestyle while you look for the next job that's right for you.

One of Redundancy Cover's benefits is that it allows you the security to take the time to find the job that's right for you and not having to make impulsive decisions based on financial strain.

Unlike other forms of insurance, Redundancy Cover is NOT age related, and premiums will NOT increase each year due to age. This means that you will know that redundancy cover will always be affordable and will fit within your budget as the years go on.

Recently, we have had a client who was extremely thankful for the redundancy cover we had arranged for him. Out of the blue, he lost his manufacturing job after having only recently acquired a new house and with it a large mortgage. When he claimed, the redundancy cover kicked in and covered all of his mortgage payments for him, allowing the family to live comfortably off the income of his spouse. Without it, he told us, he would have been forced to lose his house that he had worked 15 years to be able to afford a downpayment for. The prospect of that rightly terrified him, and with a shortage of specialised manufacturing work in his region, it took him until the fifth month after his redundancy to secure new employment. Now, he has resettled in his new job, has kept his house and the family finances are in good shape. All it takes is a single thing to go wrong and he could have lost everything he had worked so hard for, we were extremely glad that he didn't. He was too.

Redundancy cover does work, and it is not expensive. Regardless of whether you have other forms of insurance or none at all, redundancy cover could be a very important boon to your life and won't set you back all that much. If you have any questions of just how much you'll pay, or you wish cover to be arranged for you, we can help. Just drop us a line anytime.

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