Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance
What is it?
Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance (MPPI) offers you the option to cover from events such as Accident Sickness and Unemployment (ASU). In the event of a claim the monthly benefit is payable should you
be unable to work as a result of illness, accident or lose your job through
not fault of your own such as involuntary redundancy. MPPI is linked to your normal mortgage repayments (excluding any overpayment you may make) but most policies allow you cover cover 25% or more on top of your mortgage payment. If cover is linked to another debt such as a loan or credit card the cover is typically know as Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) and is essentially the same cover with a different name. You can however still buy cover unrelated to any mortgage or other debt and may cover a set percentage of you income.
The nature of the policy is to offer short term financial support. Premiums
and the policy terms are typically reviewable monthly meaning the insurance
company can alter the cover or premium without your consent just by giving
you notice. Income protection
insurance offers better terms as the policy cannot be cancelled no matter
how many claims you make, however income protection does not normally offer the option to
add unemployment cover (although a few providers now offer this option)
so you may need two separate policies to be fully protected.
Unemployment Insurance The Essential Elements
- What is Redundancy Insurance / Unemployment
- When Will The Redundancy Insurance be Active?
- Why Do I Need Unemployment or Sickness Protection?
- What is Not Usually Covered?
- Redundancy Insurance with no initial
- Cessation of business insurance (unemployment
insurance for self employed)
- More topics
covered in our blog
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- We offer cover that can protect 90% of your net take home
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- We can offer protection to cover up to £5,000 per month
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What is Redundancy Insurance / Unemployment Insurance?
When considering ASU or MPPI cover some policies offer "Redundancy
Insurance" and others "Unemployment Insurance". The use
of the terminology usually imply's a significant difference which can
impact on the cover being offered. The use of both terms normally imply's
they will cover involuntary redundancy but only policies offering "Unemployment
Insurance" will cover involuntary redundancy plus termination of
your contract of employment (if you have not breached the terms of your
Therefore "Unemployment Cover" offers a higher level of protection
and worthy of consideration. Always read the policy terms and definition
of the cover so you know what is being offered before you buy.
When Will The Redundancy Insurance be Active?
All Accident Sickness with redundancy
insurance policies have a set waiting period (excess) before
you can make a claim on the cover. This is maybe 30 days with benefits
paid back to day 1. However when you first apply for cover the
unemployment part may have an additional clause which means that this
part of the protection is inactive for a set number of months as a result
of an "initial exclusion" period to ensure that you
cannot claim or put in a claim that is notified to you in the early few
months of you starting your cover.
Applicant takes out a Accident Sickness & Unemployment policy on 1st
Dec 2009. The policy had an initial exclusion of 120 days. Unfortunately
their company has on the 3rd Feb. announced that they will be restructuring
and as a result redundancies are likely. If the applicant was made redundant
as a result of the restructuring NO benefit would be payable as the claim
resulted from a change within the first 120 days of the policy starting.
with NO Initial Exclusion
In certain circumstances providers may offer you redundancy insurance
without any initial exclusion. If for example you are switching cover
and are eligible for their switch terms. Or if your policy is taken out
within 30 days of a new mortgage, re-mortgage, loan or rental agreement
the provider may reduce it significantly or waive the initial exclusion
completely so that your cover maybe active from day 1 depending of the
wording on the policy. Therefore if you need to cover more than 25% of
mortgage, rent and loan payments combined you could consider having two
policies although you would need to ensure that cover does not overlap
and that each provider is happy for you to have additional cover.
The initial exclusion terms offered does vary between policies, with
the best policies stating that you should not be notified officially or
unofficially of redundancy and the worst stating the above plus. Any unemployment
which arises from any program of job losses, any departmental or company
restructure, or merger with another company, announced by your employer
before the start date of your policy, or within XX days after the start
date of your policy. This type of cover should be avoided! Especially
if you work in the public sector.
Why Do I Need Unemployment or Sickness Protection?
If you have arranged you mortgage after Oct 1995 under current DWP regulations
you would not be eligible for any mortgage interest support from the government
for a period of 9 months. Those that are eligible the DWP will only pay
the interest only element of your loan for the first £200,000 of
Recent changes announced in the emergency budget in June 2010 will also
mean misery for thousands as the amount paid by the DWP is the lower of
your actual mortgage rate or the Bank of England's Average Monthly Mortgage
Rate currently set at 3.67% (see our blog
for more info).
If your partner works more than 16 hours per week you are unlikely to
get any financial support from the government.
Its easy to see how quickly you can get into financial difficulty, even
when you do get support from the DWP they may not pay the full payment
leaving you with arrears and charges and a black mark on your credit profile.
The government safety net therefore has a lot of holes.
Protecting your mortgage payments and expenses should therefore be part
of your protection requirements considering your far more likely to be
made redundant or be off work though illness than you are to die.
Accident Sickness and Unemployment insurance cover has therefore been
designed to provide you with temporary cover should you become ill have
an accident or become unemployed as a result or redundancy and will normally
pay the benefits for a claim period of 12-months.
What is Not Usually Covered?
Accident Sickness and Unemployment Insurance does not usually cover any medical conditions you
know about at the start of the policy. It will not cover every type of
illness. You cannot normally claim for unemployment if you:-
- Accept voluntary redundancy
- Lose your job because of something you do that breaks the conditions
of your employment contract
- You get notification of redundancy within the initial exclusion period
- Are still employed because you have another job
You usually have to have had the policy for a certain period of time
before you can claim from 30 days to 180 days referred to as the (initial
exclusion). It is therefore important you read the policy summary and
the policy document to check exactly what is and is not covered.
What You Need to do if You Are Made Unemployed / Redundant
As soon as you are made aware that you are to be made redundant
contact the Job
Centre for advice and to sign on as seeking work at the earliest opportunity.
As most providers will not start processing your claim under unemployment
insurance cover until you have registered as seeking employment
with the job centre.
Cessation of Business Insurance
(Unemployment Cover for the Self-employed)
For those who are self-employed or controlling directors you may obtain
quality cover if your business totally cease trading as a result of circumstances
beyond your control or of that or any partner/director. To claim you will
need to notify HM Revenue and registered as unemployed with your local
job centre and be getting national insurance credits. Not all cover for
self-employed is the same as some policies will require your firm to go
into involuntary liquidation in order to claim so talk to us and get a
quote call 01872 277922.
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