Life Insurance

Help secure your family’s financial future

If someone depends on you financially, life insurance could be important for you, because if you were no longer there to provide, the financial implications for those you love could be considerable.

The benefit amount your family could receive, can be used to help them manage major household debts like the mortgage, car repayments or simply help with daily living expenses.

If you live in the UK and are aged 18 to 64, Smart Life Insurance is here to help protect your family’s financial future.

It's worth bearing in mind that inflation may reduce the value of the benefit amount you choose.

Once you are accepted, you'll be covered immediately. However, if you cancel your policy, there's no cash-in value.

 

Things to consider

  • There is no cash-in value at any time
  • Inflation may reduce the value of your benefit amount
  • Substantial cover - from £60,000 up to £750,000 benefit amount (depending on your age) for your family
  • Just £6.74 a month (that's 23p a day!) in the first year for £100,000 of benefit amount*
  • You’re covered from day 1 (self-inflicted deaths excluded in the first 12 months)
  • For people in the UK aged 18 to 64
  • No medicals and no blood tests, just some health and lifestyle questions
  • Flexible policy so you can make changes as your needs change, without admin fees
  • 100% benefit amount paid in advance, in the event of terminal illness
  • The automatic 5% increase means your benefit amount can grow by 50% in 10 years with no need for further health questions (available with an age based policy type)
  • Choose between a Single or Joint policy and you can each choose individual benefit amounts
  • 10% Smart Cashback®: After the 12th successful monthly payment, we will give you back 10% of the premiums you have paid
  • Will Kit included with your policy

*For a 32 year old, non-smoker on an individual age-based policy. Premiums depend on personal circumstances and increase annually based on age and benefit amount. Ts and Cs apply.

Smart Life Insurance helps to provide financial protection for you and your family by providing a benefit amount to your loved ones in the event of your death or to you, in the event of terminal illness. You can apply for Life Insurance on its own, or you can combine your Life Insurance with a range of optional covers, including Critical Illness cover, Children’s cover or additional Accidental Death cover.

With Smart Life Insurance you can choose a benefit level to fit with your needs and budget, depending on your age:

  • From age 18 to 44 - £60,000 to £750,000
  • From age 45 to 54 - £60,000 to £400,000
  • From age 55 to 59 - £60,000 to £250,000
  • From age 60 to 64 - £60,000 to £150,000

We know that everyone has different needs, so we have two policy types to choose from:

  • Aged based premium
  • Level premium

Age based policy type – How does it work?

With an age based policy, premium is recalculated each year at your policy anniversary; gradually increasing in line with your age. Your monthly premium will start lower compared to its equivalent on a level policy type, so this may appeal to those on a tight budget during the early years of holding the policy. Plus, with an age based policy, you can keep it for the rest of your life (whole of life) rather than deciding on a fixed term.

Automatic benefit amount increases: The age based policy features a 5% automatic annual increase to your chosen benefit amount for your life insurance and any optional cover you have.

  • This increase is not subject to further health and lifestyle questions
  • It is applied automatically to your policy on your policy anniversary each year for 10 consecutive years from the policy start date

For example, a benefit amount of £100,000 will increase by 5% to £105,000 after the first policy anniversary and will reach £150,000 after 10 years, as shown in the chart below.

 Smart Life graph

The automatic benefit amount increase is a great way of increasing your benefit amount gradually over the years, for example as your family or mortgage grows. You will be sent a new schedule each year, which will show your new monthly premium recalculated based on age and the new benefit amount. At this point you have the flexibility of deciding to accept the increase, in which case you wouldn’t need to do anything, or you can let Smart Insurance know if you wish to opt out of it. If you change your mind, you can still opt back in to the 5% benefit amount increases within the 10 years, whatever suits your needs best.

Level policy type – How does it work?

Our Level policy is great for people who want certainty, knowing that their increasing age will not affect their monthly premium – it will stay the same each year.

  • With our Level policy, you have the choice of a fixed term from 10 to 40 years
  • Once you have been covered for the length of the term you choose, your policy will end

It is important to note that as the value of the benefit amount you choose at the start of the policy will not increase, it may not keep up with inflation.

The 5% automatic benefit amount increase is not available on a Level policy. You can ask Smart Insurance to make changes to your policy, however these changes may be subject to payment of additional premium based on your age and further health and lifestyle questions at the time of the request.

For greater peace of mind, once you have been accepted for Smart Life Insurance, you can also add on the following range of optional covers to your policy.

Children's cover

Helps cover extra costs that may be incurred for items like medical expenses and school tuition if your child suffers one of the defined serious injuries or illnesses, for example Paralysis or Encephalitis while covered under the policy. The benefit amount is also paid in the event of Accidental Death.

Critical Illness cover

Pays a benefit amount to you if you suffer a defined serious illness, such as Malignant Cancer, Stroke or Heart Attack.

Accidental Death cover

Pays a benefit amount in addition to your Life Insurance benefit in the event of your accidental death.

Smart Life Insurance is a plan that helps to provide for your loved ones with a cash sum when you die. Cover is provided by one of Scotland’s longest standing Life Insurers, Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited. Cover can be secured over a free call to our 0800 877 8818 number without the need for filling out any forms or having a medical examination or blood test.

The Smart Life Insurance Key Facts document contains important information about Smart Life Insurance cover and its features, benefits, exclusions and limitations. You download it here. It is important that you read the Key Facts document, as it contains important information about the insurance. You should only apply for this policy if, having read the Key Facts document, you believe that you are eligible to claim the benefits.

Smart Life Insurance is subject to certain exclusions and limitations. These are also detailed in the Key Facts document. You should ensure you understand these before taking out the insurance.

This document also contains a copy of the Smart Life Insurance Terms and Conditions. You should read these carefully, so that you can be sure the insurance is suitable for you.

You can apply for this policy if:

  • you are aged between 18 and 64; and,
  • you are a UK resident

Smart Life Insurance provides cover to help fill the financial gap for your family if the worst were to happen and they were suddenly left without you to provide for them.

If you are the main breadwinner in the family, it’s important to make sure that your family would have adequate funds to ensure that the dreams you have for your family are not jeopardised if you were no longer there.

Smart Life Insurance provides a benefit which is paid to your family in the event of your death or terminal illness. The money can be used to help give your family a secure future – by helping to pay off the mortgage, outstanding debts or simply assisting with daily living expenses so life can go on even if the worst were to happen.

This insurance can also be used to start your insurance portfolio, or can boost your cover levels to take account of the increasing costs associated with inflation and a growing family.

Smart Life Insurance isn’t just for the main breadwinner. The loss of a partner who takes care of the home and children could also add to family expenses for things like childcare, transportation and housekeeping. That’s why we offer the joint plan – so you can protect each other.

Smart Life Insurance covers death due to any cause (self-inflicted deaths excluded in the first 12 months).

You can also claim your full benefit amount if you are diagnosed as being terminally ill (with 12 months or less to live). This special benefit may help you get the best medical treatment available, put your personal affairs in order or settle other family needs.

With Smart Life Insurance there is no waiting period. You are covered as soon as your application is accepted, and your chosen benefit is paid for death by any cause (self-inflicted deaths excluded in the first 12 months).

Life is unpredictable and we never know what lies around the corner. If you wait until you are unwell, the cost of life insurance could substantially increase, and it may also be difficult to obtain. Once you have a Smart Life Insurance policy in place, you can keep it for life, and we guarantee to renew your policy, providing you continue to pay your premiums when due, regardless of changes to your health, occupation or pastimes.

If you’re a UK resident, you can tailor Smart Life Insurance benefit amount to suit your budget and needs. The minimum benefit amount is £60,000, up to the maximums shown below:

AGEMAXIMUM BENEFIT AMOUNTType of coverType of coverType of cover
 Smart Life InsuranceOptional Critical Illness coverOptional Accidental Death coverOptional Children's cover
18 to 44 £750,000 £375,000 £650,000 n/a
45 to 54 £400,000 £200,000 £500,000 n/a
55 to 59 £250,000 £125,000 £500,000 n/a
60 to 64 £150,000 n/a £500,000 n/a

 

AGEMAXIMUM BENEFIT AMOUNTType of coverType of coverType of cover
 Smart Life InsuranceOptional Critical Illness coverOptional Accidental Death coverOptional Children's cover
0 to 20 n/a n/a n/a £30,000

Life insurance is a very personal purchase. The Life Insurance quote Smart Insurance will give you will depend on the amount of cover and the optional covers you choose, whether you have a single or joint plan, the premium type you choose, the term you select (applies to level premium policies) and your personal circumstances, for example your age, the state of your health, family history and occupation.
You could buy life cover at £6.74 a month in the first year (that's 23p a day!) for £100,000 of benefit. That's for a 32 year old non-smoker on a single, age-based policy. Your premiums increase annually based on age and your chosen benefit amount.

All UK residents and their partners aged between 18 and 64 are eligible to apply for Smart Life Insurance. Medical or blood tests are not required as insurability will be determined by your answers to some health and lifestyle questions. This is all done over the phone.

The age based policy features a 5% automatic annual increase to your chosen benefit amount for your life insurance and any optional cover you have.

  • This increase is not subject to further health and lifestyle questions
  • It is applied automatically to your policy on your policy anniversary each year for 10 consecutive years from the policy start date

For example, a benefit amount of £100,000 will increase by 5% to £105,000 after the first policy anniversary and will reach £150,000 after 10 years. The automatic benefit amount increase is a great way of increasing your benefit amount gradually over the years, for example as your family or mortgage grows. You will be sent a new schedule each year, which will show your new monthly premium recalculated based on age and the new benefit amount. At this point you have the flexibility of deciding to accept the increase, in which case you wouldn’t need to do anything, or you can let Smart Insurance know if you wish to opt out of it. If you change your mind, you can still opt back in to the 5% benefit amount increases within the 10 years, whatever suits your needs best.

 

Once you have been accepted for Smart Life Insurance, you can choose from a range of additional options available so that you can tailor your cover to suit your needs. Options include Children’s cover, Critical Illness cover and Accidental Death cover.

We know that everyone has different needs, so we have two policy types to choose from; age based premium or level premium. Both policy types are flexible which allow you to apply for changes if your circumstances change. For example, you will be able to increase your benefit amount if you move to a larger home, or decrease it when the children leave home and you decide it’s time to downsize. Maybe your financial situation changes and you decide you would like even more peace of mind by adding critical illness cover, adding Children’s cover or increasing your Accidental Death cover

Age based policy type – How does it work?

With an age based policy, your premium is based on your age. The premium is recalculated each year at your policy anniversary; gradually increasing in line with your age.

With an age based policy, your monthly premium will start lower compared to its equivalent on a level policy type, so this may appeal to those on a tight budget during the early years of holding the policy. Plus, with an age based policy, you can keep it for the rest of your life (whole of life) rather than deciding on a fixed term.

Automatic benefit amount increases: The age based policy features a 5% automatic annual increase to your chosen benefit amount for your life insurance and any optional cover you have. This increase is not subject to further health and lifestyle questions. It is applied automatically to your policy on your policy anniversary each year, for ten consecutive years from the policy start date. Example: If you have chosen a £100,000 benefit amount at the start of the policy, the next year you will be covered for £105,000. At the end of ten years, assuming you don’t opt out of the increase, your benefit amount would be £150,000. The benefit amount increase is a great way of increasing your benefit amount gradually over the years, for example, as your family or mortgage grows.

You will be sent a new schedule each year, which will show your new benefit amount with the 5% automatic increase included and your new monthly premium recalculated based on your age and the automatic increase. At this point you have the flexibility of deciding to accept the increase (in which case you wouldn’t need to do anything), or you can let Smart Insurance know if you wish to opt-out of it (in which case a replacement schedule will be issued which will show your rise in premium based on age only). If you change your mind, you can still opt back in to the 5% benefit amount increases within the ten years, whatever suits your needs best.

Level policy type – How does it work?

Our level policy is great for people who want certainty, knowing that their increasing age will not affect their monthly premium – it will stay the same each year unless you ask Smart Insurance to make changes to your policy. With our level policy you have the choice of a fixed term from 10 to 40 years. Once you have been covered for the length of the term you choose, your policy will end.

The 5% automatic benefit amount increase is not available on a level policy, so your chosen benefit amount will stay the same. It is important to note that as the value of the benefit amount you choose at the start of the policy will not increase, it may not keep up with inflation.

One advantage of an age based policy is the lower initial monthly premium. So if you have a tight budget, an age based policy may be right for you, but you will need to consider that as you grow older, you will pay a higher premium each year. An age based policy can be a good way to keep the premiums low in the early years. It also features an automatic 5% benefit amount increase which can be a great way of increasing your cover gradually over the years with no further health or lifestyle questions to answer. This could be useful to cover a larger mortgage or increasing family expenses as your family grows.

In contrast, a level policy may appeal if you prefer the certainty of a fixed monthly premium. With fixed premiums, you will know how much you are going to pay in the future and you won’t need to worry about it increasing. It’s important to bear in mind that the level policy option does not include a 5% automatic increase to your benefit amount and, as such, the value of the cover may decrease over time.

When you select the age based premium option, your premium will increase as it is calculated each year on the policy anniversary and is based on your age and any applicable benefit amount increases at that time.

With an age based policy, as long as you pay your premiums, the cover is for the rest of your life – even if your health and circumstances change.

If you select the level policy type, you can choose the length of time that you want to keep your policy in place, from 10 years to 40 years. On a level policy type, you will be covered until the end of your chosen term or after you reach age 79, whichever is sooner.

With both policies, you’ll be covered anywhere in the world, 24/7.

Smart Life Insurance and all optional covers have exclusions and limitations as per our Key Facts and Policy Terms and Conditions document.

The Smart Life Insurance benefit amount will not be paid if you die, or are diagnosed with a terminal illness, directly or indirectly as a result of an intentional self-inflicted injury that occurs within the 12 months from the start date of the policy (the 'waiting period').

We will not pay any benefit amount(s) where a special term has been agreed with you in respect of your cover that specifically excludes the event or condition leading to the claim. Any such special term will be agreed with you before your policy is issued and will appear on your schedule under the ‘Additional exclusions and limitations’ section.

There are 3 ways for your family to make a claim in the event of your death:

  • Call us FREE on 0800 458 6901
    Monday - Friday from 9am to 7pm
  • E-mail us at service@smartinsurance.co.uk
  • Write to us at: Smart Insurance, Landmark Place, Windsor Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1JL.

We will send out a claim form to be completed, signed and returned to us.

Note: If the claim is accepted, the insurer will pay the benefit amount to the person who is legally entitled to it and they will refund any premiums paid between the date of death and the date the claim is paid.

You can put your Smart Life Insurance policy into trust after you take out the policy. If you are thinking about putting your policy into trust, you should consider seeking legal advice on how best to do this.

You have 30 days from the receipt of your Policy documents, during which time you can cancel your Policy by writing to us or giving us a call. You can still cancel your Policy after 30 days, but you will not get anything back.

As a Smart Insurance policy holder, after your 12th successful monthly payment, we'll give you back 10% of the premiums you've paid. The 10% Smart Cashback is paid to you within 14 days of us successfully receiving your 12th monthly premium. It's simply our way of saying thank you for choosing Smart Insurance.

Call FREE on 0800 877 8818 or we can call you now by completing the Call Me Now form.

Our UK based customer service specialist will give you a quick, no-obligation quote and if you are happy we will take your application further so you can be covered immediately.

  • No medical exam, no blood test
  • No complicated forms
  • Helps provide peace of mind! You are covered as soon as your application is accepted over the phone

Things you need to consider

  • There is no cash-in value at any time
  • Inflation may reduce the value of your benefit amount

Smart Cashback®

After the 12th successful monthly payment we will give you back 10% of the life insurance premiums you have paid.

 

Find out more about Smart Cashback

Smart Extras

  • Will Kit included when you take out a Smart Life Insurance Policy
  • 10% Smart Cashback

Find out more about Smart Extras