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What is level term life insurance?

Level term life insurance provides your loved ones with a fixed lump sum if you die within the policy term.

Knowing they’ll get a specific amount can help you all plan for a time when you're no longer around. And they can use the money to pay off debts, an interest-only mortgage, maintain their lifestyles or gift to the next generation.

What are the benefits of a level term policy?

There are a few reasons you might choose level term over decreasing or increasing term policies.

If you want the peace of mind of knowing you’ve provided for your loved ones or to contribute to their financial security after your death, it may make things feel more secure.

If you’ve a large estate and you know your loved ones can expect a sizeable bill, you might help them meet this obligation without reaching into their personal coffers.

People also take out level term insurance to prevent disruption to their loved ones’ lives should the policyholder die.

For example, if you’ve a child who’s recently enrolled in a fee-paying school, level cover may ensure they can stay in their preferred environment. Level term may be more appropriate than increasing term cover because the time your child is in school won’t be significantly impacted by the effects of inflation.

Is level life term insurance right for me?

When choosing life insurance, it's most important to consider what you'd want the payout to go towards.

If you have an interest-only mortgage, the payout from a level term policy can help those you leave behind pay it off.

If you just want to leave loved ones a legacy, level and increasing term life insurance may suit you. Consider increasing term cover if you want your policy to last a long time and adjust with inflation.

If you have personal debts, you may want to consider decreasing term life insurance. This is more specifically designed to repay ongoing financial commitments.

However, your beneficiaries can use your level term payout to clear your outstanding debts. With level cover from Post Office, if you keep paying your premiums and your policy remains valid, you can choose to leave your loved ones as much as £750,000, depending on age.

Level term cover option

Here's a quick summary of how the level term cover option works on Post Office Life Insurance.

What's it for? Providing for your loved ones and/or paying off an interest only mortgage if you die.
Fixed cash sum payout? Yes
What's the maximum payout? Up to £750,000^ (depending on age)
Age limit Ages 18-70
Are health-related question asked? Yes
Is terminal illness cover included? Yes
Can I add critical illness and children’s cover to my policy?

Yes (for an additional cost)

About critical illness and children’s cover


What are the disadvantages of a level term policy?

Level term cover offers a fixed sum which doesn’t adjust for inflation. This means that its value when it’s paid may be less than its value when it was purchased.

If you think of the value of the property market as an example, £500,000 was worth considerably more a decade ago than it is today. If the policy covers a short period of time, the difference will be minor. But life insurance policies are typically designed for longer periods, so the total value of coverage may be worth less in 30 or 40 years compared with the same amount today.

It’s important to note payouts from level term life cover may be subject to inheritance tax. This is something to consider when deciding how much cover you need.

Important considerations

With some insurers, level and increasing term life insurance policies can be put into trust. This means, in certain circumstances, they no longer constitute part of your estate. The proceeds from the policy can be paid directly to the beneficiaries rather than your estate so won’t be considered when inheritance tax is calculated. Estate and tax planning can be complicated, so it’s important to seek advice from an independent financial advisor or solicitor to discuss your particular circumstances.

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It’s quick and easy to get a quote for Post Office Life Insurance online.

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Post Office life cover options

  • Life Insurance

    Choose between level, decreasing or increasing term insurance, each designed to offer you peace of mind based on your circumstances. 

  • Over 50s Life Cover

    If you're aged between 50 and 80, we could help you leave a cash sum for your family or towards your funeral costs.

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Life Cover help and support

To make a claim, find answers to common questions, access bereavement and wellbeing support or contact us for something else: 

Visit our Life Cover support page

Things you need to know

*0330 & 0345: Calls to 03 numbers will cost no more than calling a standard UK number starting with 01 or 02 from your fixed line or mobile and may be included in your call package. Calls may be monitored or recorded for training and compliance purposes.

^ Your cash sum is dependent 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.

Critical Illness Cover can pay an extra cash sum if you’re diagnosed, during the term of your policy, with one of the four critical illnesses covered that meets our definition.

We won’t pay a claim on terminal illness if you don’t meet our definition of terminal illness; or terminal illness is caused by intentional self-inflicted injury within 12 months of the start date of your policy. The full definition of terminal illness can be found in the terms and conditions.

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. If you don’t tell us something or give us incorrect answers to our application questions that affects your cover, we may reduce the amount we pay for a claim or at worst cancel your cover and not refund your monthly payments. If you’re a UK resident aged between 18 and 70, you can apply for cover. Please see terms and conditions for further details about the restrictions that apply.

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