As a leading income protection provider for the dental profession, Dentists’ Provident are supporting this year’s Income Protection Awareness Week (IPAW) running from 18-22 September 2023
With only 6% of adults in the UK having income protection, the Income Protection Task Force (IPTF) is running an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of people being insured against the risk of not being able to work after becoming ill or getting injured.
The campaign kickstarted last month with ‘100 days to go’ and it’s #LetsTalkIP social campaign leading up to Income Protection Awareness Week. It’s the third time the awareness week will be run and will include a range of insightful materials and useful information to help raise awareness of the importance of having income protection insurance.
“An income protection insurance plan can help you maintain your lifestyle without depleting your savings, relying on your family or the welfare state for financial support, as it will provide you with a regular payment to help replace the income you lose,” says Kirby Mardle, Chief Finance Officer at Dentists’ Provident. “Having helped dental professionals achieve financial security during periods of illness and injury for over 100 years, we know all too well the safety net income protection can give individuals. As a leading income protection insurance provider to the dental profession, we are proud to be working with the IPTF in raising awareness of the importance of income protection.”
A record 150 million working days lost in the UK due to sickness or injury in 2022 and the percentage of working hours lost because of sickness or injury rose to 2.6% in 2022, the highest it has been since 2004, when it was 2.7%1. Minor illnesses were the most common reason for sickness absence in 2022, accounting for 29.3% of all absences. This was followed by “other” conditions at 23.8%, musculoskeletal problems at 10.5%, respiratory conditions at 8.3% and mental health conditions at 7.9%1.
The IPTF’s members are businesses from across the financial services industry, involved in income protection insurance in the UK. Dentists’ Provident along with more than 30 other businesses from across the insurance industry are supporting the IPTF’s mission to raise awareness of the value of income protection through the campaign.
Andrew Wibberley, co-chair of the IPTF, said: “Getting your income protected as soon as possible is incredibly important for your future. In this year’s Income Protection Awareness Week, we’ll keep spreading the message that the risk of needing to take time off work for health related reasons is significant, and the ability to protect yourself against the financial consequences of this, is simple and vital to any financial plan.”
The awareness week covers various topics every day around the importance of income protection mainly targeted at financial and specialist advisors. You can find out more or sign up here: https://iptf.co.uk/income-protection-awareness-week/ipaw-2023/
To find out more about Dentists’ Provident visit www.dentistsprovident.co.uk