Caring for our customers

As a business, our purpose has always been to offer services and products that support you when you need it most. This, together with the safety of our staff, remains our primary focus during this difficult time.

We are ensuring that Agent hub and OLPC have all the most up to date information for you. This will be the quickest way for you to find any information you need.

If you can’t find the answer to your question online, then our phone lines are open. However - we apologise that your wait time may be longer than usual. And we please ask you not to call us unless you cannot progress your case via our user systems.

Updates

  • Important Information

    Important Information

    As a business, our purpose has always been to offer services and products that support our customers when they need it most.

    This remains our primary focus and we wanted to share some details around our approach to claims at this time.

      COVID-19 Intermediary Statement 

    COVID-19 Intermediary FAQs 

  • Supporting and servicing our customers

    Supporting and servicing our customers

    Due to the impact of Covid-19 we are having to change the way we work for a while and ask you not to call us unless you cannot progress your case via our user systems.

    We have fewer staff than usual taking calls at the moment and are working as fast as we can to increase this number through equipping them to work from home.

    In parallel, we have taken measures to ensure that we are able to support you via our online systems including OLPC and Adviser Centre. We are still very much open for business and want to support you as fast and effectively as we can and we really appreciate your understanding and patience at this challenging time.

    We have unfortunately had to close our MUTAL phone line, Live Chat function and amended the opening hours of our call centres. We are now open between the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

    We will continue to work every day to support you and your customers.

    Supporting and servicing our customers 

  • Self Serve

    Self Serve

    We’ve made some improvements to the way we work, making it quicker and easier for you to protect your customers.

    Download our handy quick guide on 8 steps to making it easier to do business and our full self serve guide to see how we’ve streamlined our application process – from starting a policy to amending one.

    8 ways we're making it easier to do business 

    Self Serve Guide 

    We also have lots of information & tools, including short videos, about the case tracking functions in Agent Hub.

      Agent hub 

  • Immediate Cover

    Immediate Cover

    Removal

    In light of the potential issues that Coronavirus (COVID-19) could present, Legal & General has temporarily removed Immediate Cover on our life cover products including Critical Illness Cover with effect from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

    Immediate Cover Update 

  • Income Protection

    Income Protection

    Update

    People may be off work due to self-isolation without necessarily experiencing symptoms. Our product terms state that individuals would need to have a medical condition to qualify under the income protection (IP) Terms and Conditions (T&C's). However, we will consider the medically advised 2 week period of self-isolation as counting towards any work absence, should a diagnosis of COVID-19 be subsequently confirmed.

    Income Protection Update 

  • Underwriting

    Underwriting

    Update

    From the 3rd of April 2020 new questions will be added to our application in light of the continued progress of COVID-19.

    Depending on your clients situation their application will be postponed as follows;

    • If your client has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 we’ll ask them to reapply 90 days following the end of their symptoms
    • If your client has experienced/ are experiencing symptoms we’ll ask them to reapply 30 days following the end of their of symptoms
    • If your client has been in contact with someone who is diagnosed or experiencing symptoms we’ll ask them to reapply 14 days after their last contact date providing they've been free of symptoms for 30 days.

    If the above doesn't apply to your client they’ll be able to continue with the application as normal.

    Applications submitted before 3rd April don't need to be resubmitted. Any application that's requoted after 3rd April will be asked the new COVID-19 related questions.

  • Medical Screening

    Medical Screening

    L&G medical screening update

    Following the launch of our new medical provider MSS.  Our previous providers are now concentrating 100% on clearing the pipeline.

    As no screenings were able to take place until 15th June due to social distancing restrictions the pipeline will take time to work through.

    We are unable to switch an existing pipeline screening over to MSS, however our previous providers are working at clearing the backlog.

    All providers are in a similar position with reduced nurse coverage and there is no benefit in attempting to switch due to increased demand across the board.

  • 60day grace period for payments

    60day grace period for payments

    If a customer is suffering from financial hardship, we would always encourage them to contact us or their financial adviser to explore their options and how we might support them. As part of our response to the impact of COVID-19, we are clarifying and enhancing the payment grace period that all Retail Protection customers have access to. This grace period means that if a customer were to miss or cancel their payment, they will remain covered by their policy for 60 days from the first missed premium (this is the day in the month that the premium is collected from the customer’s account (not their policy anniversary date), subject to their policy’s terms and conditions.

    Within 60 days, if regular payments are restarted and the missing premiums are paid*, there will be no change to the customer’s cover or their usual premiums, and no need for them to provide new information regarding health or lifestyle.

    Alternatively customer may be able to take a Payment Holiday**. A Payment Holiday lets customer take a three month break from paying their monthly premiums. They’ll remain covered by their policy, subject to their policy terms and conditions, and we’ll collect the three months’ premiums due when the payment holiday ends. If a customer chooses to take a Payment Holiday, when it ends the 60 day grace period will not apply.

    We would advise customers who may find themselves in financial hardship to contact their financial adviser, or visit our website to explore how they might maintain their cover. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our contact centres are currently receiving a high volume of calls, and there may be delays in answering customer calls. The quickest and most efficient way of getting the information customers may need will be via our website.

    *Customers can choose to repay the missed premiums by debit card or by credit card, or by asking us to collect them in their next Direct Debit payment.

    **Eligibility criteria applies

    60day grace period for payments 

     

  • Digital Trust process for existing policies

    Digital Trust process for existing policies

    Introduction

    As the impact of Covid-19 evolves, so too will our process. We are working hard to identify new and innovative solutions to ensure we are supporting our customers through the most challenging times of their lives and enabling more people to have access to vital protection cover.

    As part of this work, we have listened to our trusted partners and customers and introduced a new digital approach for our existing customers to place their policies in trust. Our trust forms are required to be physically signed and witnessed and we recognise that this is simply not possible, or safe, for many people at this time.

    We have provided an alternative digital solution where trusts may be established without requiring a witness signature.

    This will give intermediaries another excellent opportunity to contact customers whose policies are not currently in trust to offer guidance and support when many may be in need of valuable financial advice at this challenging time.  

    How will it work?

    We have created a simple form which can be completed and emailed back to us at trusts@landg.com with no need for a physical signature. This new form is designed to be used with existing single life, family protection policies (excluding TELIP plans). For customers with email access, this will be the quickest and most efficient method of submission. 

    For those customers who don’t have an email, we can email you a version that can be signed by the customer and sent back to us. You can contact your account manager who will be happy to email this version of the form to you. Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19, we are experiencing some delays in processing posted forms. We would ask for your patience and understanding at this challenging time as our teams work hard to process all information received as quickly as possible.

    More information and frequently asked questions can be found below:

    Digital Trust FAQ 

    Digital Discretionary Trust Guide 

    Digital Discretionary Trust Form (Email version) 

    Trustee's letter (email & paper version) 

  • Payment Holiday

    Payment Holiday

    If a customer is suffering from financial hardship, we would always encourage them to contact us or you, as their financial adviser, to explore their options and how we might support them. As part of our response to the impact of COVID-19, customers may be able to take a Payment Holiday*. A Payment Holiday lets customers take a three month break from paying their monthly premiums provided their payments are up to date or provided they’ve only missed one payment. Customers will remain covered by their policy during this period, subject to their policy terms and conditions.

    We’ll collect the three months premium due when the payment holiday ends. Their regular monthly premiums will automatically restart at the end of the three months. We’ll collect the amount owed around the same time as their next monthly premium. This may show as one payment or two separate payments within a few days of each other, on their bank statements. If the customer prefers, they can contact us at least 16 days in advance and pay the 3 months’ premiums using their credit or debit card.

    Payment Holiday 

  • Underwriting Questions

    Underwriting Questions

    Legal & General will be making changes to the Protection underwriting questions from 14th June 2020.

    Following on from the Government adding the loss of smell or taste to the UK’s list of coronavirus symptoms that people should look out for and self-isolate with  Legal & General will be adding this symptom to the relevant question.

    In order to provide cover to as many customers as possible we will also be amending the questions relevant to those customers who have either tested positive, or been in direct contact with someone else who has tested positive or suspected of having Covid-19.

    Changes to the Protection underwriting questions