- Level guaranteed premiums available across all occupation classes
- Increased medical underwriting limits included
- New employer change promise introduced
Health and protection insurer, The Exeter, has launched Income First, its new income protection product combining its well-known Income One and Pure Protection products. Income First has been designed to simplify the income protection journey for both advisers and customers alike, offering cover across a wide range of occupations from office-based professionals through to manual workers and skilled trades.
In response to feedback from advisers, The Exeter is introducing level guaranteed premiums across all occupation classes, together with continuing to offer age-costed options. The need for medical evidence at the underwriting stage has also been reduced with improved non-medical limits. The Exeter do not request medical evidence as standard for applicants under 42 years old, while the threshold for financial evidence has also been increased.
Income First also features The Exeter’s new employer change promise, designed for members who may change employment during the term of their policy and find that their sick pay is restricted, something which is often the case during probation periods. With the employer change promise, eligible policyholders who need to make a claim may be able to receive their benefit before their waiting period finishes.
NHS medical professionals or teachers who take out an Income First policy will also have the opportunity to benefit from flexible waiting periods, while more options for members to increase cover in specific circumstances have been introduced, such as for those in rental accommodation.
Steve Bryan, Director of Distribution & Marketing at The Exeter said;
“We’ve seen substantial growth in our income protection business in the last five years by developing strong products and backing that up with consistent service. Income protection should be the number one priority when it comes to protecting financial futures, and so we’re building on our expertise, as well as feedback from advisers, to evolve our product further. By doing so, we hope to be able to provide greater flexibility and meet the needs of an even wider group of customers.”
To find out more about Income First visit www.the-exeter.com/adviser/income-protection/income-first/
Michelle Saunders, Corporate Communications Manager
D: 01392 261424
Taneesha Pawar, Rostrum
D: 07557 156 967
About The Exeter
The Exeter is one of the UK’s leading healthcare and protection insurers. The Exeter is a mutual friendly society, which means it is owned by members and run for their benefit, rather than shareholders. The Exeter, formerly known as the Exeter Friendly Society and Pioneer Friendly Society has been specialising in healthcare and protection for over a century. In 2017, The Exeter launched an innovative new life product called Managed Life for people with one of two health conditions, type 2 diabetes or a high Body Mass Index (BMI).
The Exeter is a trading name of Exeter Friendly Society Limited, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Register number 205309) and is incorporated under the Friendly Societies Act 1992 Register No. 91F with its registered office at Lakeside House, Emperor Way, Exeter, England EX1 3FD.