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Life insurance is something you should very much be considering from the start of your adult life, especially if you have children, or a mortgage, or you earn more than your partner.

Income protection – which pays a replacement income should you be unable to work due to accident or sickness – is something you need to consider taking out as soon as you are in employment. What would the consequences be were you to cease receiving a wage and be forced to reply on the very limited state support?

Critical illness insurance might also be appropriate for adults of any age – after all you can be diagnosed with a serious illness at any age, no matter how young and healthy you might feel. This type of insurance is often taken out to protect a mortgage, and ensure the balance is paid off were you to be diagnosed with a critical illness. It is important to note, however, that critical illness can be a useful way of ensuring that you (and any children) can receive a lump sum to pay for medical treatment or nursing costs, or for the necessary modifications to your home to adapt to your condition.

Examples of insurance Moneysworth has arranged for under 30s in 2024 include:

  • £100,000 of combined life and critical illness cover over a term of 30 years, for a 28-year-old-woman to cover her mortgage. The premium was £31.05, and this was more than the standard cost of this insurance, owing to the client’s mental health issues
  • £1,300 per month of income protection benefit or a 27-year-old man, with the benefit amount to increase each year in line with inflation. This benefit level covered around 70% of his take home pay. The benefit would be paid for a maximum of two years’ absence from work. Although the plan runs to age 68, the premium was just £15.47 per month.
  • £171,000 of life cover over 32 years, at a cost of £16.60 per month, for a 26-year-old woman. The amount paid out will decrease over time in line with the expected reduction in the balance of her capital repayment mortgage. Here, the insurer increased the premium by £7 per month owing to the client’s mental health disclosures.
  • £285,000 of decreasing cover to protect his mortgage, plus an additional £50,000 of level cover for his family. These were arranged over 35-year terms for a 26-year-old man, at a combined cost of just £23.12 per month.
  • £260,000 of life cover for a 29-year-old man, which provides enough to clear his mortgage in the event of death, plus an additional amount for his family. The policy also provides a level lump sum of £25,000 should his child be diagnosed with one of the critical illnesses covered by the policy, all for just £11.62 per month.
  • £211,500 of decreasing cover for a 29-year-old woman, to cover her mortgage. The premium is £14.03 per month, and had been increased by around £4 per month because of her history of depression.
  • £270,000 of decreasing cover for a 29-year-old woman, to cover her mortgage for the whole its 35-year term. The premium is £20.72 per month, and had been increased by around £10 per month because of her complex medical history
  • £195,000 of level cover for a 27-year-old woman, to cover her mortgage for the whole of its 30-year term. The premium is £18.68 per month, and had been increased by around £12 per month because of her epilepsy
  • £260,000 of life cover for a 28-year-old woman, which provides enough to clear her mortgage in the event of death, plus an additional amount for her family. The policy also provides a level lump sum of £25,000 should her child be diagnosed with one of the critical illnesses covered by the policy, all for just £24.89 per month. This cost figure includes an increase of around £10 from the standard rate due to her multiple sclerosis and mental health issues

Perhaps the best reason for taking out life insurance, critical illness insurance or income protection insurance at an early stage in your adult life is that your premiums will be much cheaper than would be the case at an older age.

If you would like to find out more, then contact Moneysworth today to see how we can help.

One of the main reasons why people might not take out the life insurance and other protection they require is that they think it would be too costly. 

In 2017, insurer Sun Life asked people to estimate the likely premium for £100,000 of life cover, and the average estimate turned out to be almost five times the correct figure!

Other studies have suggested that many people believe Covid-19 has driven a significant hike in premiums, but again, this is not the case. With the Covid threat having diminished, and death rates now down around the historic average, there is no reason for the insurers, who operate in a very competitive market, to charge any more than they need to.

These two recent cases illustrate how we can arrange competitive life cover for our clients:

  • 43-year-old woman who took out an income protection policy with a monthly benefit of £2,000. The plan also had a four-week deferred period, with the benefit payable for a maximum period of two years, payable should she be unable to work due to injury or illness before the age of 68. The monthly premium was £38.81. This premium could be achieved despite the client being HIV positive and having a recent episode of anxiety.
  • 29-year-old man who took out £260,000 of level life cover over 32 years, for just £11.62 per month.

Moneysworth can search the entire marketplace for the most suitable product and provider for your individual circumstances. We advise on and arrange life insurance, critical illness and income protection insurance and particularly specialise in finding cover for clients with complex individual circumstances, such as those with medical conditions, or who reside outside of the UK. Contact us today to find out more.

Obtaining Critical Illness cover for anyone with Type 2 Diabetes can be very difficult, but it is possible in some circumstances, as one of our recent cases demonstrates.
The first problem is that most insurance companies will automatically decline any application for Critical Illness cover from a person with Type 2 diabetes, irrespective of positive factors, such as good control and lack of complications. So it’s difficult for consumers to know where to go.
Normally buying life insurance and critical illness cover can be done in many places like the bank, large comparison websites and financial advisers, however if your personal circumstances mean that you do not fit the standard mould, you would be well advised to use the services of a life insurance broker who has particular specialisation in dealing with people who have health conditions.
Moneysworth has been successful in arranging Life and Critical Illness cover on a number of occasions for people with Type 2 Diabetes, as a recent case demonstrates.
A gentleman in his early 40’s made an enquiry on our website: Type 2 Diabetes had relatively recently been diagnosed, his control was good and he didn’t have any diabetic complications, but he was overweight. With a raised BMI (Body Mass Index) of 31, this made finding cover even more difficult. He wanted Life and Critical Illness cover and had a specific budget in mind for his premiums of £75 per month.
As we do in all cases, we researched the whole market for the client to see if life and critical illness cover would be available. Our research indicated that only one insurance company would offer him cover, so we applied to them. The insurer wrote to his GP surgery for further medical information and on receipt of that offered a guaranteed premium policy for £75 per month, covering the client for Level Life or Critical Illness cover (without exclusions) of £75,350 over 23 years.
People with an existing health condition who have been declined elsewhere should not give up hope of getting the cover they want until they have used the services of a specialist life insurance broker. If a client wants to find out what might be available and apply, Moneysworth do not charge a fee. This means Moneysworth is only paid a commission by an insurer if we are successful. Remember if you’re unsure if a broker is a specialist, you could ask the question: ‘What percentage of your clients have pre-existing health conditions?’. At Moneysworth that figure is over 75%!

On 2nd December Jill Insley wrote an article (  )  in The Observer about Nic Hughes whose critical illness claim has been turned down by Friends Life. A campaign has started to get Friends Life to overturn their decision and backed by @stephenfry on twitter the campaign is set to gain momentum.

We have decided to support the campaign and we want to explain our reasons why.

As we have previously expressed, we have had concerns for some time that the way that life insurance companies currently work may be leaving some customers exposed to the danger of a claim being turned down. When it comes to critical illness and life insurance there can be nothing worse than thinking you have done the right thing and protected your family with personal insurance cover only to find out when its too late that the insurance company has thrown out the claim due to ‘non disclosure’.

We accept that there are some occasions where due to deliberate non disclosure an insurance company will be quite within their rights to decline a claim.

However we believe there currently exists a grey area where it is much less clear that a customer has deliberately non disclosed. Misunderstandings concerning disclosure can and do arise and in the case of Nic Hughes it looks as though this might have been part of the problem.

We believe that the current underwriting practices used by most life insurance companies are adding to this problem. This is because most life companies often deliberately make the decision not to write for further medical information from the client’s GP at the application stage, even though the client might have disclosed one or more medical conditions on the application form. For medical disclosures such as heart disease and cancer, life insurance companies will nearly always prefer to write out to the client’s GP for further medical information. But there are many potentially ‘less serious’ conditions where the insurance company may decide not to bother with this stage of the process and to offer acceptance terms straight away.  In fact life insurance companies adopt this approach for the majority of applications.

The problem is that where there is no independent medical verification there can be an increased risk of misunderstanding and therefore of a claim being declined, which is potentially catastrophic for the policy holder.

Life insurance companies argue that if they were to write out for medical evidence in a greater number of cases that this would add to their costs and that it would delay customers obtaining cover. They say that customers want cover quickly and that if they can’t  get it quickly they will be put off taking out insurance.

We disagree strongly and so do most of our clients. We think that the argument that the ‘client needs a fast turnaround’ is a smoke screen and that there may be other motivating factors.

Here @MoneysworthUK our clients tell us that the most important thing for them is to know that their cover is valid. Getting the job done right is much more important than getting a quick fix. In the main they positively welcome a GP report as part of the underwriting process, because it makes them feel safer that they haven’t accidentally left something out. That’s probably not surprising when you consider that the majority of our clients already have an existing health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, mental health etc.

In the case of Nic Hughes, had the life insurance company written out to the client’s GP for a report before making their underwriting decision then the current situation could have been avoided. If they had declined or postponed cover then Nic could have explored other avenues to see if other options were available. Instead of which the insurance company seems to have taken the easy route which has turned out to be easy for them but very difficult for Nic and for his family.

In Nic’s case we think Friends Life should settle the claim. If you would like to sign the petition here is the link

Furthermore we think that Nic’s case illustrates the need for a reassessment of underwriting procedures across all life insurance companies. One possible way of dealing with this issue would be to make insurance companies fully liable for claims arising after a limited initial period – that would change the way life insurance companies approached their underwriting processes as they would not be able to rely on non disclosure at the claim stage. But it would leave customers knowing where they stand.

In the meantime until life insurance companies change their ways we think that ‘grey’ cases should be settled in favour of the applicants.

I said recently that more needs to be done to address the number of critical illness claims that are being rejected. 

I was commenting following the publication of Scottish Provident’s latest claims stats. But in the interests of balance I should say that I didn’t mean to imply that Scottish Provident (at 7%) stood out from the crowd.

Scottish Widows do – at 13%! 

 Thats the figure for 2011 according a recent article by John Fitzsimons called Make A Successful Claim On Your Critical Illness Insurance‘. Apparently that figure represents as 30% increase on the percentage of claims rejected by Scottish Widows the previous year!

This figure should cause everyone concern and definately requires further investigation. Don’t forget that what we are talking about here is a bankassurance critical illness plan. This means that for millions of customers of the banking group a Scottish Widows critical illness plan will effectively have been the only choice offered to them.

If you have a Scottish Widows critical illness plan maybe its time to start asking some questions.

For a long time the provision of critical illness cover in the UK for diabetics has been extremely limited. Where critical illness cover has been available it has come with significant exclusions for cardio vascular risks, the very critical illnesses that would be of most interest to those with diabetes.
The good news is that significant changes are taking place which mean that for some diabetics we are now able to arrange critical illness cover without any exclusions. As specialists in the proctection market for people with health conditions welcome this excellent new development which we believe will be of real benefit to many diabetics.  Diabetics wishing to make enquiries should visit or call 0845 430 5200