Couple in their 20s have nearly two in three chance of being unable to work for two months or more

  • Figures from LV= Risk Reality Calculator highlight threats to financial resilience
  • LV= unveils new online report for advisers interested in protection

Figures from protection specialist LV= reveal that a couple in their mid-20s have a 63% risk of being unable to work for two months or more before they retire.*

The figures – produced from the LV= Risk Reality Calculator - are featured in the new LV= Fuel for Life online report for financial advisers specialising in protection. 

The report offers tools and support for financial advisers and highlights how protection policies help households experiencing periods of financial hardship. It reveals that:

  • LV= collectively paid £3.2m in Income Protection and Personal Sick Pay claims between March and October last year, supporting over 1,000 customers. Cancer and musculoskeletal conditions were the most commonly claimed for conditions.
  • Over 193 LV= members who suffered financial distress due to Covid have benefited from payment breaks, resulting in £29,500 of waived premiums. LV= continues to offer payment breaks to those struggling to pay premiums until 30th April 2021, with cover remaining in place.

The LV= Risk Reality Calculator highlights the risks of people being unable to work for more than two months, suffering a serious illness or dying. The combined risk of a 26-year-old couple experiencing any of these events rises to 70%.

Designed to be used by financial advisers, it produces a personalised risk report for potential income shocks, helping advisers address unexpected scenarios such as being unable to work for long periods of time due to illness.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for households to protect their income from illness and accidents. An LV= survey found that 4% of adults had bought a new protection product in the past three months, indicating that more are considering new policies to strengthen their financial safety net.**

Debbie Kennedy, Protection Director at LV=, said:

“We believe that protecting income is the bedrock of financial resilience and many are still vulnerable to unforeseen shocks that can affect their daily lives. 

“In light of the nation entering the third national lockdown, LV= is determined to continue supporting members who are facing tough economic conditions. 

“We will continue our support for financial advisers and build on the work we did last year. In 2020 we introduced our ‘refreshinar’ programme, a series of webinars to support advisers, which was attended by more than 10,000 advisers. Nearly 4,000 have already signed up to our early 2021 sessions.”

LV= members also have access to support services including:

LV= Doctor Services (included as standard on all protection policies) gives access to six expert medical services, all available through a convenient app including: — Remote GP 24/7 – appointments around the clock for every day health concerns through to serious conditions. The service is, for example, used for enquiries about skin conditions and moles.

LV= Member Care Line (included as standard on all protection policies) – Free and unlimited access to a 24/7 Member Care Line, including health and counselling services. This is operated by qualified professionals who can provide expert support and guidance when it's needed most. This could include advice on their medical condition, coping with the loss of a loved one or coming to terms with their medical diagnosis.

Notes to Editors

*Generated from the LV= Risk Reality Calculator, these statistics are based on a 26-year-old female and male couple, non-smokers with a planned retirement age of 68.

**LV= surveyed 4,000 nationally representative UK adults via an online omnibus conducted by Opinium in December 2020

For further information please contact:

David Gwyer
Media Relations Manager – Life and Pensions
020 7634 4311
07798 796907
Candice South
Press Officer, Life & Pensions
020 7634 4497
07867 141547

About LV=

LV= is a leading financial mutual and serves over 1.3 million members with a range of financial products. When we started in 1843 our goal was to give financial security to more than just a privileged few and for many decades we were most commonly associated with providing a method of saving to people of modest means. Today we follow a similar purpose, helping people to protect and provide for the things they love, although on a much larger scale and through a wide range of financial services including insurance, investment and retirement products. We offer our services direct to consumers, as well as through IFAs. 

LV= and Liverpool Victoria are registered trademarks of Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited and LV= and LV= Liverpool Victoria are trading styles of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited, registered in England with registration number 12383237 is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, register number 110035. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth, BH1 2NF.