Families are putting luxuries ahead of protecting
their loved ones financially, the latest Aviva Family Finances Report reveals.
The report discovered that while 50% of families
are happy to pay for a satellite television package, just 40% have life
Families are more likely to have insurance for
their mobile phone (14%) than insurance that will protect their family
financially if they were to suffer a critical illness (13%).
More people have taken out an extended warranty
on electrical items (13%) than have income protection insurance, which would
potentially pay an income for life should they be unable to work as a result of
an accident or illness (10%).
The report also reveals the majority of families
are avoiding the issue of what they would do if something happened to an income
earner, because they find discussing their finances and mortality
uncomfortable. This is in spite of the financial worries that could be caused
by not having protection, exacerbating emotional distress at a difficult time.
Louise Colley of Aviva says: "No-one likes to dwell on poor health or
mortality, but by denying that illness or worse is even a possibility, people
are stopping themselves putting measures in place to protect their loved ones.
Too many people assume that someone else will step in and look after their
families if they are not there to provide for them, but the reality is very
different. People need to ask themselves just how they would pay for their
accommodation, their food, and all the other costs of living, should they
suddenly lose an income."
Life insurance news: 30 January 2012