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Post Office offers three types of life insurance.

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The type of life insurance you need will depend on a few things. Like what you need the cover for, how much you'll need and over what period.

This will help you decide whether you need a type of cover that stays the same, decreases or increases over time. It’s important to understand how different cover works, so you get the right type in place for your needs.

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One easy way to understand the difference in what these types of cover would pay out over time is to see it. So here's an example showing how a pay-out amount worth £100,000 today would change.

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Why might you need level cover option?

If you want a policy that pays out a fixed amount if you die, choose level cover option. As long as you have your policy in place it will pay a fixed sum that could help your loved ones pay off an interest-only mortgage, clear other debts and maintain their lifestyle. 

How does level cover option work?

  • You pay a fixed premium each month.
  • If you die during the life of your policy your loved ones could receive a cash sum pay-out.
  • The sum paid out will be the same whether a claim's made now or in the future.
  • Monthly premiums will remain fixed for the term of the policy.

The amount you pay tends to be more than for decreasing cover option because the pay-out doesn’t reduce. Make sure you consider the effect of inflation when making your calculations.

Why you might need decreasing cover

Get the cover you need now and protect your loved ones from debts that reduce over time, such as a repayment mortgage, credit cards and loans. Decreasing cover's often called mortgage life insurance for that reason.

How does decreasing cover work?

  • You pay the same fixed premium amount each month.
  • The pay-out amount decreases each month at a fixed interest rate of 8% in line with a capital and interest repayment mortgage.
  • Your loved ones could get a cash sum if you die during the policy's life.

The policy value decreases over time broadly in line with the reducing amount owed on a capital and interest repayment mortgage, although that does depend on your mortgage interest rate so you do need to check that you would be covered.

If your mortgage is higher than 8% or if your borrowing changes this amount may not be enough.

The Decreasing option also comes with the Mortgage Guarantee which means that if at the time of making a successful claim, the benefit amount is less than the amount of the life insured’s outstanding mortgage, Scottish Friendly will pay the amount outstanding on the mortgage. Refer to terms and conditions for further information.

Why might you need increasing cover?

As time goes by inflation can make the cost of living go up. Increasing cover is a way to reduce the impact of inflation on the money you leave behind for your loved ones. The cash sum paid out if you die increases each year you have the policy in place.

How does increasing cover work?

  • Your sum insured will increase automatically each year in line with Retail Price Index (RPI) up to a maximum annual increase of 10%
  • As a result, your monthly payments will increase annually, but stay fixed for each 12 month period.
  • If you die during the policy term, the later this happens, the higher the pay-out will be.

You can reject each annual increase before it takes effect, in which case neither the cash sum nor the monthly premium will increase at the next policy anniversary. But if you do this for three consecutive years we'll change your policy to a level cover option and there will be no further automatic increases applied to your cash sum and your monthly premium will remain fixed.

Compare Post Office Life Insurance types

We've compared our three Life Insurance cover types side by side so you can easily see which suits you. We've included Post Office Over 50s Life Cover too, in case it's of interest.

  Level Cover Decreasing Cover Increasing Cover Over 50s Life Cover
What's it for? Providing for your loved ones and/or paying off an interest-only mortgage if you die  Typically used to pay off a repayment mortgage if you die  Providing for your loved ones and reducing the impact of inflation on the money you leave if you die Leaving a cash sum to help pay for your funeral, settle loans or as a gift
Fixed cash sum Yes No, the pay-out amount reduces over time No, the pay-out amount grows each year Yes, or can also opt for increasing cover option
What's the maximum
pay-out?
Up to £750,000 (depending on your age)  Up to £750,000 (depending on your age) Up to £750,000 (depending on your age) Up to £10,000
Age limits Ages 18-70 Ages 18-70 Ages 18-70 Ages 50-80
Is terminal illness cover included?  Yes Yes Yes No
Are health-related question asked? Yes Yes Yes No
Can I add critical illness cover to my policy? Yes Yes Yes No
Can I add childen's cover to my policy? Yes Yes Yes No
Can I apply for joint cover? Yes Yes Yes Yes (excluding branch)
 

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Compare Post Office Life Insurance types

We've compared our three Life Insurance cover types side by side so you can easily see which suits you. We've included Post Office Over 50s Life Cover too, in case it's of interest.

Level Cover
What's it for? Providing for your loved ones and/or paying off an interest-only mortgage if you die
Fixed cash sum Yes
What's the maximum pay-out? Up to £500,000
Age limits Ages 18-70
Is terminal illness cover included? Yes
Are health-related question asked? Yes
Can I add Critical Illness Benefit to my policy? Yes
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Decreasing Cover
What's it for? Typically used to pay off a repayment mortgage if you die
Fixed cash sum No, the pay-out amount reduces over time
What's the maximum pay-out? Up to £500,000
Age limits Ages 18-70
Is terminal illness cover included? Yes
Are health-related question asked? Yes
Can I add Critical Illness Benefit to my policy? Yes
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Increasing Cover
What's it for? Providing for your loved ones and reducing the impact of inflation on the money you leave if you die
Fixed cash sum No, the pay-out amount grows each year
What's the maximum pay-out? Up to £500,000
Age limits Ages 18-70
Is terminal illness cover included? Yes
Are health-related question asked? Yes
Can I add Critical Illness Benefit to my policy? Yes
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Over 50s Life Cover
What's it for? Leaving a cash sum to help pay for your funeral, settle loans or as a gift
Fixed cash sum Yes
What's the maximum pay-out? Up to £10,000
Age limits Ages 50-80
Is terminal illness cover included? No
Are health-related question asked? No
Can I add Critical Illness Benefit to my policy?
 
No
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Nearly a third of people (32%) haven’t put money aside, either as savings or insurance if the unexpected happened 

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† Source: British Seniors Funeral Report 2021

Post office Life Insurance is underwritten and administered by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited. Neilson Financial Services Limited assist in the administration.

Premiums depend on your age, smoker status, length and type of cover and your personal circumstances at the time you apply.

Post Office Life Insurance offers up to £750,000 cover, depending on your age, for customers who are UK residents aged 18-70 at the start of the policy. The minimum term is 5 years and cover must end before your 90th birthday.

We won't pay a claim on death if it was as a result of suicide or intentional self-inflicted injury within 12 months of the start date of your policy. We won't pay a claim on terminal illness if you don't meet our definitions of terminal illness; or terminal illness is caused by intentional self-inflicted injury within 12 months of the start date of your policy. We won’t pay a claim if you don’t keep your payments up to date as you will no longer be covered under the policy. Or if you don’t tell us something or give us incorrect answers to our application questions which affects your cover. If you’re a UK resident aged between 18 and 70, you can apply.

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