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September 11, 2017updated 26 Aug 2022 12:12pm

Lack of income protection insurance puts two million self-employed Brits at risk

Nearly two million self-employed Britons are vulnerable to financial shocks as they could not save any money to meet their future needs, according to a report by UK-based insurer LV=.

Dubbed Income Roulette, a study of debt, savings and protection among 9,000 people by insurer LV=, the report stated that four in 10 (41%) self-employed people are not able to save any money each month and a further one in 10 (11%) save less than £50.

Additionally, the study found that a third (33%) would not be able to sustain for more than three months if they lost their income.

Monthly bills (62%) were to be the main culprit galloping the savings of the most of the self-employed Britons. Debt (38%) was the second barrier, which hampered the savings among self-employed people.

The report underlined that self-employed people are more prone to financial shocks as they do not have access to employers’ benefits such as sick pay; however, income protection insurance can be of better help if they are unable to work due to accident, illness or disability.

Despite its obvious benefits, just 4% of self-employed denizens in UK own an income protection insurance, compared to a national average of 11%, with four in 10 (42%) mistakenly believing that they were not eligible for it, according to the study.

Almost four in 10 (37%) respondents who participated in the study said they thought income protection would be too expensive, even though cover of £1,000 a month could cost less than £10 a month.

LV= head of protection policy Justin Harper said: “Government and industry have a duty to improve the financial resilience of the self-employed.

“We believe that an income protection policy can play an important part in increasing resilience and is one of the best ways for the self-employed to protect themselves against a financial crisis.

“By having a conversation about protection with clients, advisers can ensure more people in the UK are equipped to tackle financial blows.”

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