If you’re like most people, you haven’t a clue what income protection is.
It’s up there with the famous
“I don’t know what a tracker mortgage is” line.
Oh the LOLs we had back in 2007…until we realised the banks actually didn’t understand what a tracker mortgage was or how they really worked ?
Anyway, back to the income protection question – what does it actually do?
If you hurt yourself or get sick and can’t work, income protection gives you a ball of money until you get back to work. It’s as simple as that.
Most people couldn’t make it for more than a month before they’d start to struggle financially. Imagine having to get by for 6 and a half years (the average length of an income protection claim).
It’s easy to see how important income protection is.
I can see you sitting there nodding your head and saying that sounds all fine and dandy but you still don’t need it because:
Reason 1: “I’m young and healthy. It’ll never happen to me.”
You have a three in 10 chance of suffering a disability that keeps you out of work for 90 days or more at some point during your career.
Hopefully you’re in the lucky 7 in 10 but what if you’re not?
If 10 people read this page, on average three of you will be unlucky.
Do you still feel so lucky?
Reason 2: “I could survive on social welfare benefits.”
Could you survive on €198 per week? How much are your mortgage repayments alone?
Did you know the €198 is only guaranteed for two years (provided you have sufficient stamps). What happens if you’re still unable to work after two years. Remember how long the average claim is?
Well done down the back, you’re right, it’s 6 and a half years.
And if you’re self employed you don’t even get the €198, you get sweet feck all, try living on that.
Reason #3: “I think I have some sort of coverage through work.”
I hope you do, but it’s more than likely you don’t. Most private employers in Ireland don’t offer long-term income protection.
If you’re a public or civil servant you would have seen your sick pay benefits slashed from full pay for 6 months and half pay for 6 months down to full pay for three and half pay for three months.
What you need to do is:
Remember you get tax relief at up to 40% on your premiums so it doesn’t cost as much as you may think.
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