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Death In Service Confusion Could Leave Families Vulnerable

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

Thinking about what will happen when you die is never pleasant or easy, but it is, nevertheless, important – especially when it comes to ensuring your family is left with a safety net that takes care of your financial commitments. One safeguard that is designed to help your family financially after you die is death in service benefit. Offered by …

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Nine in 10 Brits At Risk Of Financial Hardship Should Serious Illness Strike

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Protection by Tom Pullinger

A huge proportion of people in the UK would suffer financial hardship if they were to be struck down with a serious illness, research from Scottish Widows shows. A staggering nine in 10 Brits do not have a critical illness policy, despite the fact that more than a fifth (21%) admit their household wouldn’t survive financially if they were unable …

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10 Million Brits Holidayed In 2017 Without Suitable Travel Insurance Cover

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Paul Connolly

As many as 10 million Brits went on holiday in 2017 without suitable travel insurance or any cover at all, according to a new report. Figures released by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) show that a startling number of British holidaymakers (two in five or 38%) travelled abroad last year without appropriate insurance. This includes participating in activities …

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Number of Working Age People Living with Cancer Has Surged

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

The number of working age people in the UK who are living with cancer increased by almost 10% between 2010 and 2015, figures from a leading cancer charity suggest. According to Macmillan Cancer Support, there were around 80,000 more people aged 16 to 65 living with cancer in 2015 than in 2010, with the overall number estimated at 890,000. In …

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Little Evidence to Suggest National Cancer Strategies Improve Short-term Survival Rates

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

Despite the fact national cancer strategies have been in place since 2000, there is “little evidence” to suggest that short-term survival rates in England have improved. That’s one of the key messages to come out of new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The NHS Cancer Plan, which was implemented in 2000, is designed to …

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A Quarter of UK Family Businesses Would Close Immediately If the Owner Died or Became Critically Ill

In Business, Family, Industry News, Insurance, Protection by PCH Staff

An alarming number of family businesses across the UK are putting themselves at increased risk of failure by not having safeguards in place should certain critical events occur, a new survey has found. According to Legal & General’s “State of the Nation’s SMEs” research – which polled over 800 small businesses – just 42% of family businesses in the UK …

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Income Protection Gaps Are a Stark Global Issue

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

The income protection gap in both the UK and around the world is worrying and needs addressing, according to a new report from Zurich. Produced in partnership with Smith School – University of Oxford, the Zurich report, entitled “Embracing the income protection gaps challenge: options and solutions,” sets out recommendations for tackling gaps in income and putting financial safety nets …

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Stigma Attached to Women’s Health Issues at Work Needs to Be Broken

In Family, Individual, Industry News by PCH Staff

A new report reveals that women’s health issues are still considered a taboo subject in the workplace, and as a result often go under-recognised. According to the Work Foundation’s “More than ‘Women’s Issues’ – women’s reproductive and gynaecological health and work” report, common women’s health conditions, such as endometriosis or infertility; having a long-term condition during pregnancy; and dealing with …

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Majority of Brits Put Their Partner’s Health Ahead of Their Own Wellbeing

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Millions of Brits are putting their own wellbeing at risk because they worry too much about the health of their partners, new research has found. In fact, three in four of the 2,000 adults surveyed for the Bupa Health Clinics poll said they worry about their partner’s physical health, while one in three admitted to regularly (yet unsuccessfully) pleading with …

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A Bout of Ill Health Could Leave Two-thirds of the UK Workforce in Financial Dire Straits

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

Most UK employees are aware that should they fall ill and be unable to work, the financial consequences could be catastrophic. Nevertheless, many workers simply do not know how to change their situations and (wrongly) believe a modest amount of savings will be sufficient to see them through times of financial uncertainty. These are just some of the key findings …