Redundancy Payment Protection

Tim knew the economy was going down, but had never considered his job security. That’s why he was so shocked when his company announced a layoff. For a week, speculation flew and everyone wondered who was getting the axe. Even though he had been an employee for 15 years, Bob was among those out of work until further notice. But unlike his laid off peers, Tim had purchased redundancy payment protection. Now he could rest assured that his mortgage would still be paid and that his family could live off his wife’s salary until he could come back to work.

Redundancy payment protection is one of the most efficient and safest decisions individuals and families can make to protect their financial affairs in a difficult economic climate. A simple definition of redundancy payment protection is an insurance policy that pays the mortgage or other debts of the claimant in the result of redundancy, or unemployment. The reasons why such a policy would be needed are obvious. Without a steady income, most people would find themselves unable to pay their mortgages, or other debts, such as credit card payments.

There is no doubt that the economic bubble has burst and this country finds itself thrust into a recession. More and more people are losing their jobs and the means by which they pay their debts. In this era of no money down, low money down, easy mortgages and easier credit, many people have debt loads well beyond what they can afford to carry. A Redundancy payment protection policy can be a life saver in the event of a layoff or loss of a job.

Acquiring a redundancy payment protection policy usually requires the person be between the ages of eighteen and sixty five years old and be working at least sixteen hours per week. When a policy holder wishes to file a claim of unemployment, there is usually a waiting period before any payments are made. The company typically needs to look into the matter fully in order to avoid fraudulent pay outs to unscrupulous individuals. Once the claim has been verified to be genuine, payments begin. In most cases the policies are for up to twelve months. However, there are some that can protect the unemployed for up to twenty four months. This either gives the policy holder adequate time to find other gainful employment, or return to their previous job.


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