Over 50s Life Insurance FAQs

You can apply for Over 50s Life Insurance if you are a UK resident aged 50-80. You can apply for a single policy or a joint policy to include your spouse, civil partner and/or common-law partner under a Joint policy.

Providing you meet the eligibility criteria, we guarantee to accept your application.

Have you ever considered who would be responsible for your funeral costs if you were to pass away, or how your loved ones may cope financially when you are not around?

That’s why a plan to help take care of your funeral expenses could be one of the most important decisions you make.

Securing over 50 life cover early ensures the financial help will be there for your loved ones and it allows your family to give you the funeral service and memorial that you would both like.

Typically, this product is suited to those who want to make sure they do not leave their family and loved ones with the burden of their funeral and other final expenses when they pass away.

You are covered for accidental death as soon as you take out Over 50s Life Insurance. If you die in an accident, you will receive 3 times your selected benefit amount. So, if you choose £10,000 worth of cover and die as the result of an accident, your loved ones will receive £30,000.

Your Over 50s Life Insurance benefit amount will be paid if you die due to any cause after 24 months from the start date of the policy.

During the first 24 months of the policy, your benefit amount will only be paid if you die as a result of an accident. Should you pass away due to a non-accidental death in the first two years, we will refund any premiums paid towards your policy.

No-one knows what lies around the corner, whether it’s accident or illness, and securing cover early ensures the protection is there when needed.

You can select a benefit amount that suits your needs and budget, from £1,000 up to £20,000 (depending on your age). The maximum benefit amount you can secure at the start date is:

  • Ages 50 to 54 – up to £20,000
  • Ages 55 to 59 – up to £17,000
  • Ages 60 to 64 – up to £13,000
  • Ages 65 to 69 – up to £12,000
  • Ages 70 to 74 – up to £9,000
  • Ages 75 to 80 – up to £6,000

In the first 24 months, your benefit amount is only paid in the event of accidental death.

If death is the result of an accident, then 3 times your benefit amount will be paid.

No, we will not contact your doctor when you apply for Over 50s Life Insurance, and there are no intrusive questions about your health and lifestyle.

Accident means an event resulting in bodily injury occurring whilst this policy is in force, where the injury is directly and solely caused by accidental, violent and external means and where the injury is not self-inflicted.

Accidental death means death occurring as a direct result of an accident which took place while the life insured was covered under the policy and where death occurs within 90 days of the accident.

If you suffer an accidental death as explained above, we will pay 3 times your benefit amount.

Absolutely. Once your policy is in place, you are covered around the clock, anywhere in the world as long as you continue to make your payments from a UK bank account.

Policies start from just £3.72 per month for a 50-year-old with a £1,000 benefit amount. However, your monthly premiums will depend on the amount of cover you choose, your age and whether you choose to have a single or joint plan.

The amount you pay will never increase, unless you to choose the Increasing Benefit Option to help protect your policy from the effects of inflation.

Over 50s Life Insurance with Cash In Option is a level policy. This 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. We do however also offer an Increasing Benefit Option for those who wish for their benefit to increase year on year to help keep up with inflation.

You can ask us to make changes to your policy, however, these changes may be subject to the payment of an additional premium based on your age at the time of the request.

On the policy anniversary following your 95th birthday, cover is free and premiums are no longer payable.

If you hold a joint policy, once the eldest person reaches the age of 95 their proportion of the total monthly premiums will no longer be payable from the policy anniversary following their birthday. The person that has not yet reached the age of 95 will continue to pay premiums for just themselves until the policy anniversary following their 95th birthday, when premiums will also be no longer payable.

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. If you cancel during this time, you will receive a refund of any premiums paid. You can still cancel your Policy after 30 days, but you will not get anything back.

Your policy comes with the unique Cash In option that gives you half your benefit amount if you decide to cancel your policy from age 80 or after 15 years, whichever is later.

You can still cancel your policy outside of these examples, but you will not get anything back.

There are 3 ways for your loved ones to make a claim on your Over 50s Insurance with Cash In option policy in the event of your death:

  • Call us FREE on 0800 542 7618
    Monday - Friday from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Email us at service@britishseniors.co.uk
  • Write to us at British Seniors Insurance Agency, PO Box 4555, Slough, 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 British Seniors Over 50s Life Insurance policy into trust after you take out the policy. If you are thinking about putting your policy into Trust you can get more information here or you can seek independent legal advice. We are unable to give you any advice or recommendation on the suitability of Trusts.

British Seniors Over 50s Life Insurance now comes with the unique Cash In option. This gives you 50% of your benefit amount if you decide to cancel your policy from age 80 or after 15 years, whichever is later.

We’re very flexible and it’s free to make changes to your policy. If you're feeling the pinch, you can apply to reduce your benefit amount for free and apply to increase it again when you're ready. You can only increase your benefit amount up to the age of 80, and you can only increase it to the maximum sum insured for an 80-year-old which is £6,000.

The value of your Cash In amount will increase or decrease by the same proportion if you increase or decrease your benefit amount.

Things to Consider:

  • Consider the benefit amount you choose as inflation may reduce its buying power over time. If you choose the Increasing Benefit Option, this can help to protect your policy from the effects of inflation
  • Depending on how long you live you may pay in more than we pay out
  • You can choose to Cash In your policy if you are 80 or after 15 years, whichever is later. There is no cash in value before this date
  • If you choose to take the Cash In amount, your cover will end
  • Cash In value is the return of premiums equal to 50% of the benefit amount and will only change if you change your benefit amount