How Much is Life Insurance in the UK?
Life insurance is one of the most popular forms of personal insurance products on the market. After all, it stands to reason that people want to provide financial security to their loved ones in the event of them passing away.
How much your life insurance policy is and how the cost is determined all depends on your personal situation, the type of cover you take out, and how much payout you want in the event of your death.
This article aims to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for life insurance based on your situation.
- What is the average cost of life cover?
- What costs are associated?
- What is the average price per month for one person?
- Average cost for annual life insurance coverage
- What is the average life insurance payout?
- Is free life cover available?
- How do interest rates affect policies?
- Should I use an online calculator to work out the cost?
- Speak to an advisor
How much does a life insurance policy cost?
As with all types of insurance, how much you can expect to pay for life cover depends on a number of variables. The good news, though, is that life insurance can be very affordable, with prices starting at as little as £4 a month for a young, healthy individual.
If you’re interested in taking out a policy but are pressed for time make an enquiry and we’ll put you through to one of the specialists we work with who can get you a good price for life insurance.
What impacts the cost a life insurance policy?
The age you are when you take out life cover will play a role (the younger you are, the cheaper it will likely be), as will what you want the end payout to be.
If you want to take out a joint life insurance policy, you should expect to pay more than you would for single cover, although this is usually a less expensive option than two separate policies might cost you.
Other associated costs include whether you choose any add-ons (many insurers offer combined critical illness and life insurance plans), and whether you choose to pay monthly or annually.
How much should life insurance cost on average per month for one person?
Age, again, plays a role because the older you are, the more at risk you are of developing an illness. Lifestyle, your current state of health, your medical history and your family’s medical history will also have an impact on the price you will need to pay.
For example, if you have a family history of a genetic condition such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes, or if you currently suffer from one yourself, you’ll be deemed higher risk, and your premiums are likely to cost more.
Similarly, if you’re a heavy smoker, drink a lot or generally lead an unhealthy lifestyle, you pose more risk than someone who leads a healthy life – therefore bumping up the cost of life insurance.
Picture a 25-year-old non-smoker: there are no genetic diseases running in the family, they rarely drink, exercise regularly and they follow a healthy diet. This individual would typically be deemed low-risk by insurers.
This person might be offered an average life insurance monthly premium payment of say, £4 – £10 a month – although of course, he or she may decide they want to spend more, depending on how much they want the end payout to be.
Can I get low-cost life insurance with no medical exam?
When you take out a life insurance policy, you will nearly always be subject to health checks and medical exams by reputable insurers. This is because how healthy you are is a key determinant as to how much your plan will cost you.
If you’re under 50 and have been offered life insurance without being subject to any medical exams, we’d advise you to check with us before committing so we can look into the legitimacy of the insurer and examine the terms of the contract to ensure you’re paying for the cover you need.
What’s the average price for joint cover?
As the name suggests, joint life insurance provides cover for two people. It is a less popular choice than single life cover because most plans terminate after one of the policyholders passes away.
For this reason, it often ends up being a more affordable option than it would be to take out two separate forms of life insurance – but it’s important to consider your needs before committing to a joint policy.
Again, how much you pay for your cover will depend on both holders’ circumstances and the desired payout.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation chat to find out more about the pros and cons of joint life cover.
How much should I be paying for annual life insurance?
If you’re in a position to pay for your life insurance annually rather than monthly, you may be able to save yourself some cash.
When you take out life insurance, many providers allow you to choose between monthly or annual premiums. If you choose an annual plan you may get discounted rates as you pose less risk than those who pay monthly and could potentially default.
Again, how much you end up spending on annual life insurance in total will be determined by how much payout you want, your individual circumstances, and of course, how long you live for.
What is the average policy payout?
How much payout you receive is completely down to you; when you take out life insurance, you stipulate how much you want your beneficiaries to receive when you die, which therefore impacts the cost of your monthly premiums.
As an example, the most recent figures suggest that the average value of “term length” life insurance payout was £81,268.78. For whole-of-life cover, the average payout was £4,740.14.
The vast difference between the average payouts for each type of cover illustrates the popularity of term insurance over whole-of-life, which tends to be a more costly option.
Read more about the differences between whole-of-life and term insurance policies or make an enquiry and speak to one of the experts we work with. They will be able to answer your questions and advise you on what cover you should consider, depending upon your own unique circumstances.
As independent advisors with access to all the insurance providers in the market, they will also be able to find the right cover for the best available price for you, saving you time, hassle and, potentially, money too.
Is free life insurance available?
In a word, yes, free life insurance is available – to some people, in particular circumstances.
There are a host of well-known insurers who offer free life insurance for expectant parents, which usually covers both parents and child(ren) for a 12 month period – although terms will vary by provider.
Lots of employers offer “death in service” as part of their benefits scheme, which is a fairly similar product to life insurance. However, you may not be automatically enrolled, so make sure to check with your employer.
Finally, many credit unions offer free life savings insurance, which will boost the amount you’ve saved with them when you pass away. How much they’ll contribute will depend on the age you were when you first deposited the money.
While it may be tempting to rely on free life insurance, it should be treated as a supplement rather than a replacement, because these benefits can be subject to change and you’re unlikely to have the same flexibility in the plan terms.
How do interest rates affect policies?
When you take out life insurance, the monthly premiums you pay are calculated by looking at a number of factors. One of which is what the interest rate is expected to be during the course of your policy.
If rates run higher than expected, it is likely to benefit your policy’s cash value. But while the proceeds your beneficiaries receive won’t generally be subject to tax, any interest you receive is taxable and should be reported.
Should I use an online calculator to work out the cost?
Lots of insurance companies provide online calculators to help you compare quotes, which nearly always display the cheapest deals at the top of the page, luring you and attempting to convince you to opt for the lowest cost life insurance.
But as we’ve already said, it’s not usually a good idea to take out a policy based on price alone; the terms of the plan could have hidden clauses, or turn out to be completely unsuitable for you later on down the line.
What’s more, just because these calculators claim you’re eligible for certain deals, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be.
This is because many of these tools lack the ability to factor in all your personal circumstances – resulting in wasted time and disappointment on your part.
Speak to an advisor
As you have learned, it’s difficult to say how much a life insurance policy will cost without knowing more about you and your personal circumstances. So why not get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat?
The experts we work with will not only compare quotes to ensure you get a good price, they’ll provide you with an estimated cost of what your life insurance will be and use their tools and knowledge to hook you up with a policy best suited to your needs.
Make an enquiry or call us on 0808 189 0463.
The advisors we work with are experts in the field and have plenty of experience in arranging suitable, low-cost life cover for hundreds of satisfied customers.