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If people don’t take out life insurance, critical illness insurance or income protection insurance, then one of the reasons they might give is that they are prepared to take the risk and so they do not take steps to minimise the financial consequences of dying or becoming ill.

The problem with this approach is that, by not looking at appropriate insurances, you are potentially exposing your loved ones to the risk as well. A recent study by insurer LV= found that the average UK worker’s income supports as many as three people – so think about whether your spouse, partner and dependants could manage if your income was taken away suddenly.

The same study also exposed the low levels of savings held by the UK population, with 40% of workers not having an emergency fund of the recommended three months’ worth of average expenditure. This means that large numbers of people cannot rely on their savings to replace a wage earner’s income should the worst happen.

Life insurance can provide sufficient funds to replace the income of a family breadwinner should they pass away. It’s also possible to add critical illness cover to the policy, so that the same sum is paid out should you contract a serious illness.

Income protection policies can be set up to pay a significant proportion of your income, should you be unable to work due to accident or sickness.Moneysworth are experts in arranging lifecritical illness and income protection insurance. We are a whole-of-market specialist protection broker and we can search the entire marketplace to find the most suitable product and provider for your individual circumstances. Contact us today to find out more.