Mortgage Protection is a kind of Term Assurance specifically designed to repay, on death, during the term, the amount outstanding on a 'capital and interest' repayment mortgage. In other words, if the policyholder(s) die prematurely, the outstanding loan amount on the mortgage will be repaid in full.
Some policies have rider benefits, which are extra sorts of cover, added on to the principal life cover. Such benefits include:
- Waiver of premium benefit - the premiums are in effect paid for you in the event of defined incapacity due to illness
- Income protection benefit - a percentage of your income is paid to you if you cannot work at your usual employment. Income protection plans that have no investment link have no cash in value at any time and will cease at the end of the term. If you stop paying your premiums your cover may end.
- Unemployment benefit - a variety of income protection benefit
- Critical illness cover - the benefit is paid before death on the diagnosis of a potentially life threatening disease (e.g. cancer). This benefit may replace the death benefit, or it may be paid as well.
Plans may not cover all the definitions of a critical illness. The definitions vary between product providers and will be described in the key features and policy document if you go ahead with a plan.
All these riders cost extra and are only paid subject to meeting tight criteria.