21 February 2022

Our Group Income Protection policies can automatically cover the National Insurance increase from April 2022

Where you’ve chosen to cover your National Insurance (NI) contributions on group income protection (GIP) benefit payments, our policy will automatically be adjusted for the NI increase from 6 April 2022. From 6 April 2023, when the Health and Social Care Levy is introduced and NI returns to the current level, our policies will automatically capture this change. 

The premium rate will not be affected by this National Insurance change, whilst the policy is within its rate guarantee period. If we’ve agreed to calculate premiums using a benefit based unit rate or premium rates, the premium will increase at the next account to reflect the small increase in cover.

The government recently announced that it will raise additional money from employers, employees and the self-employed; to directly support the NHS and social care in the UK.*

For employers, this will be collected through the following changes:

  • From 6 April 2022 NI rates will increase. Employers will pay an additional 1.25%.
  • From 6 April 2023 the government will introduce a new Health and Social Care Levy and return NI contributions to the 2021 to 2022 tax year levels. The new levy will share the same reliefs and thresholds as NI. The government will also start collecting levy payments in respect of employees who no longer pay NI because they’ve reached their state pension age

For new claims, the NI rates and thresholds that apply when an employee goes absent will apply throughout the claim. If the claim is already in payment, we will not apply any adjustments in line with NI rate and threshold changes.

Our Distribution Director Colin Fitzgerald, had this to say:

“While the impact on employees has been well documented since the government’s announcement of the change to NI contributions and the introduction of the Health and Social Care levy in 2023, the impact on employers arguably hasn’t. With this announcement, we hope to reassure our clients – current and future – and intermediary partners of our approach, in that the new levy will be automatically accounted for.”

If you have any questions about the changes take a look at our useful guide.