UK loan protection insurance gives you an income each month so you are able to continue paying your loan repayments and not get into debt if you were to come out of work through an accident, sickness or unemployment.
The cover will begin to payout from between the 31st and 90th day of being out of work and would then continue to provide you with a tax free income for between 12 and 24 months depending on the provider. It is essential that you do shop around for the cover because it varies greatly between providers; the exclusions vary as does the cost of the premiums. Buying the cover with an independent provider will mean that you get the cheapest premiums possible which can save you a lot of money and along with this they will give you the key facts so that you can determine if the policy is suitable.
Some of the most common exclusions include if you are self-employed, are retired, working part time or if you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition at the time of going for the cover. There can be additional conditions set out by the provider so it is imperative that you do read the small print.
UK loan protection insurance is usually offered at the time of taking out the loan or credit card and is sometimes even pushed alongside the cover without making the consumer aware that there are conditions which could mean a policy would be useless. This was highlighted in 2005 when the Financial Services Authority began an investigation into the sector which resulted in fines being handed out to several well known names on the high street. The payment protection industry is also currently under review by the Competition Commission who recently announced that high street lenders are raking in as much as 80% from selling the cover alongside cheap loans.
One change which will be seen for the better is the introduction of comparison tables in March 2008, the tables will show the consumer how much the cover will cost and also make them aware that there are exclusions in all policies. The tables will also ask a series of questions which will then lead to the consumer being able to make the right decision regarding which type of payment protection would be the most suitable for their circumstances.
While some changes for the better have been made clearly many more still need to be made if the cover is to become more transparent. For now the only way to buy a quality product along with the key facts attached so you are able to make an informed decision as to whether UK loan protection insurance is suitable is if you stick with an independent specialist. Always be sure to read the small print with any policy that you are considering taking out as this is what led to the majority of mis-selling and a loss of faith in payment protection products. It is important to remember that it is not the products which are at fault but those selling them without the necessary experience which were to blame.