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Critical Illness Cover is designed to financially support you in case the worst happens, and you are diagnosed with a critical condition that is specified in your policy. Most people don’t realise that children are actually one of the most common reasons for people needing to claim.

Critical Illness Cover from AIG automatically covers any child that you have now or in the future as standard. Their enhanced children’s critical illness cover allows a parent to claim up to 50% of the value of their policy (up to a maximum of £35,000) if their child is diagnosed with one of the critical illnesses they cover.


Critical illness can strike at any time.

  • 1 in 2 people in the UK (born after 1960) will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. [1]
  • Every 7 minutes someone will have a heart attack [2]
  • Every 12 minutes someone will have a stroke [2]

Serious Illness Cover from Vitality helps protect you financially if the worst was to happen to you, and you fall ill with one of the 178 conditions that they cover. They pay out a cash lump sum based on the severity of your condition. It gives you financial stability allowing you plenty of time to recover.


Serious illnesses like cancer and heart conditions are all too common. While our country’s healthcare system is advanced, sometimes the very latest treatment options may not be available in the UK.

  • There are currently around 6,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. Last year over 400 people died while waiting for a transplant [1].
  • 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime [2].
  • Everyday in the UK, 530 people suffer from a heart attack [3].

Global treatment from Aviva is designed to give you and your child more treatment options in case either of you are diagnosed with a serious illness. It provides you with access to medical experts around the world, an expert second opinion and overseas treatment.


According to a recent article in FT Adviser, “Homeowners in Britain are woefully under-prepared in the event of long-term sickness, accident or ill health.”1

Nobody plans to get hit by a bus but these things do happen. Should you be left unable to work do you have a plan in place to keep paying your bills and mortgage?


Comparison websites may offer cheap life insurance quotes. But cheap doesn’t necessarily mean good quality or that it’s the most suitable policy for you.

Websites like this are merely giving you a quote without advice, no reassurance and no one to read all the small-print for you. Epic.


Today, the Bank of England has increased the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%. This is only the second time in a decade they have increased the rates and it is the highest level since March 2009.

What does an interest rate rise mean for your mortgage?

  • More than 3.5 million residential mortgages are on a variable or tracker rate.
  • The average standard variable rate mortgage is 4.72%.
  • On a £150,000 variable mortgage, a rise to 0.75% is likely to increase the annual cost by £224.

Sources: BBC, UK Finance, Moneyfacts, Nationwide Building Society, August 2018


Our 10 Step Guide to Arranging a Mortgage

The first step on the property ladder is always the hardest. The thought of getting a mortgage is daunting - Where do I begin? Who do I contact first? Shall I start house hunting first?

So to answer all your questions, we've put together a quick 10 step infographic to getting a mortgage.


Our 5 Step Guide To Reviewing Your Mortgage

Could you save money on your monthly mortgage payments? Check out our handy 5 Step Guide to Remortgaging.



According to a new report from Scottish Widows, more than half (58%) of men with dependent children have no life insurance. That means that just over 4.5 million dads could be leaving their families with no financial protected if worst were to happen to them.

Life insurance is designed to come to the rescue of your loved ones in the event of your death. It pays out a lump sum to those closest to you, relieving the financial worries from your family. It can help cover the cost of your mortgage, bills, general living expenses and funeral bills. Could your household survive without your income, a fifth of dad admitted that theirs wouldn’t.


Could you and your family cope without your income?

Recent statistics released by RedArc have shown almost two-thirds of stroke victims (60%) fall within the traditional working age bracket of 40 to 59.

One in four of the 100,000 strokes in the UK each year [1] happen to people of working age or younger. Almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability [2].


Arranging your mortgage and buying a new property is an exciting time. However, the jargon that is used throughout the process can be confusing. We’ve put together a jargon buster to help you along the way during your house buying process. 

1. Agreement in Principle

This is the agreement provided by the mortgage lender which states the amount they are prepared to lend to you subject to a full mortgage application with supporting documentation and their enquiries during underwriting being satisfied. It’s useful if you haven’t found a property to buy but would like to know how much you could potentially borrow.


The Scottish Government has announced it will be extending the Help to Buy (Scotland): Affordable New Build scheme for a further two years.

Help to Buy Scotland is set out to help first time buyers and home-movers purchase a new build home.The scheme helps people to buy new-build homes without the need for large deposits. The Scottish Government will put forward up to 15% deposit of the purchase price of a new build home.


April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month. It’s a cancer that’s most common in men ages 15-35 years, but men of all ages can be at risk [1].

Statistics from the Movember Foundation revealed that 1 in 10 men don’t know how to check for signs of the disease [2]. So as it’s Testicular Cancer Awareness month, we’ve put together three key points so that you are prepared.


With Mother’s Day approaching, we reflect on the importance of mothers in our lives, yet a high percentage of them maybe financially unprotected.

According to a Scottish Widows’ survey of 5,077 adults in the UK, 60% of women with a dependent child have no life insurance.


What would an increase in interest rate mean for your mortgage?

The Bank of England has announced that it is keeping interest rates at 0.5% but has also hinted at increasing the base rate soon [1].

They did say rates would need to rise “earlier” and by a “somewhat greater extend” than they thought at their last review in November.


4 Myths of Critical Illness Cover… Dispelled

4 Myths of Critical Illness Cover

Critical Illness Cover is designed to pay out a lump sum or regular payment to ease your recovery if the worst was to happen and you are diagnosed with a serious illness specified in your policy.


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Life Insurance can be confusing especially with the different jargon that gets used. All you want to do is make sure you've setup the right cover for you and your family. Our blog sets out to answer some of those most asked questions about life insurance.

  1. What types of cover can I get?

    • Level Cover
      • This means the amount of cover and the premium you pay is fixed when your plan starts, and doesn’t change.
    • Decreasing Cover
      • This type of cover is designed to cover the reducing amount on a capital and interest repayment mortgage. The amount of cover will go down each month, but the premium you pay is fixed when your plan starts and never changes.
    • Joint or Single Cover
      • You can choose to take out a plan that covers just yourself, or your spouse, civil partner or someone you share a financial commitment with.
  1. What’s the difference between level cover and decreasing cover?

    Level life cover provides the same amount of cover throughout the term of the policy. For example, if you chose £150,000 over the next 30 years and died in the last year, you’d get the full £150,000.


This year, we at Lifetime Planning have taken part in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Appeal. Over 25 gifts have been donated by our staff, with toys and gifts ranging for all ages.



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So, the season is upon us. Your office Christmas party is nearing. A chance for you and your colleagues to go out and enjoy the festive spirit(s). Do the following 10 stages sound familiar to you?

  1. Attempt to arrive late, so you’re not first one there – end up being the first one. Stand at the bar alone for a good 15 minutes wondering if you’re in the right meeting place.

  2. Somehow end up last to the table at the restaurant, with the only seat left being next to Nigel from Accounts. Exhaust all small talk with him. Scroll through your phone until your starter arrives.

  3. Enjoying a few glasses of the free wine at the table. Slur your words slightly, try to laugh it off – plead you’re not drunk.

  4. Awkwardly pose for photos that you’re not quite ready to be in. Pray that you don’t get tagged on Facebook.

  5. The shy admin assistant gets smashed on Apple Sourz, loses their bank card, starts crying and gets sent home in a taxi at 11.

  6. You all drunkenly agree you should be doing more outside of work with each other, and agree to do something every Friday in January. You all quietly forget/don’t bother mentioning it in January.

  7. Jump around with Nigel from Accounts to Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, fall into a table, spill drinks EVERYWHERE. Get a disappointed shake of the head from your HR manager.

  8. Get yourself into a dance off. Attempt the “worm”. Struggle to get back on your feet.

  9. Lose your jacket ticket for the cloakroom. Wrap yourself in tinsel “this’ll keep me warm”. Be stripped of it on the way out by the bouncers.

  10. Grab a taxi with a couple colleagues that live in the same area. Have a good snoop of the outside of their house from the taxi. Question yourself whether you actually DO live in the same area. End up paying £100 to get home.

Let us know your office Christmas party mishaps. Tweet us @lifetimep or comment below.


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Is Now the Time to Switch Mortgage?

This week, the Bank of England voted to increase the base rate from 0.25% to 0.5%. The first increase in the base rate since 2007. [1]

With this increase, it looks that mortgage rates are set to increase from the record-low rates that many borrowers have been enjoying.