Relevant life plans

A relevant life policy is a form of life insurance cover that may be provided by your employer as part of a benefits package.

Key points

  • A relevant life plan can be provided by an employer as an alternative to a group scheme, or as a top-up to one
  • Schemes can offer a variety of advantages to the right individual and/or business
  • It may be possible to maintain cover even if the individual leaves their job

Many employers will offer their employees some form of life insurance as a part of their remuneration package.

Such so-called death-in-service benefits are often provided as part of a group scheme, but a relevant life plan is an alternative method of arranging cover that will be related to the individual.

While they're not as common or well known as group schemes, relevant life policies typically attract the following clients:

  • Small-to-medium-size businesses without the staff numbers to warrant a group scheme
  • Sole traders
  • High-earning individuals who don't want their death-in-service benefits to form part of their lifetime allowance
  • Members of group schemes who want to top up their benefits

In certain circumstances, the ability to offer a relevant life scheme is thought to benefit a business by helping it attract the right employees with a benefits package that's tailored to the individual's needs.

As with any death-in-service scheme, the employee should remember that the life cover they have may cease if they leave their job, or if they lose it.

This will almost certainly apply to a group scheme, but relevant life plans may offer 'continuation cover' or 'portability', allowing the individual to maintain the policy themselves, or shift it to a new company if they move jobs.

If this portability is available it may not be subject to a further medical check, an important factor as older people and those with health issues are likely to face higher life insurance premiums.Life insurance

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By Sean Davies