Life Insurance FAQs

Find answers to the most common questions about life insurance.

Life Insurance

  • Life insurance pays out a cash lump sum if you die before your policy ends. It's designed to help your loved ones cope financially when you can't be there.

    When you apply for your policy, you’ll choose the size of the cash lump sum that will get paid out when a claim is made. You’ll also choose how long you want to be covered.

    You’ll pay a fixed amount each month by Direct Debit, until your policy ends. Your policy doesn’t have a cash-in value. This means that if it ends without a claim, then you won’t get the money back.

  • Both of these can help support your loved ones after your death, but there are some differences.

    Life insurance covers you for a fixed period. It pays out a cash lump sum if you die before the policy ends. After the policy ends, it won't pay out when you die.

    Life assurance usually covers you for your whole life, so it's sometimes called 'whole of life cover'. It tends to cost more than life insurance.

    We don’t offer life assurance to Lloyds Bank customers just now.

  • This kind of cover is also called ‘life assurance’ and is different to life insurance. It pays out after your death and there's no policy end date, so it covers you for your entire life. It tends to cost more than life insurance.

Things to consider

  • Some lenders might ask you to get life insurance when you apply for a mortgage. In any case, you should think about what's best for you and your loved ones. If you were to die, life insurance could help pay off your mortgage and allow your loved ones to keep their home.

  • You can’t change your policy after it has started. So make sure the amount and duration are right for you.

  • Scottish Widows might not be able to help if you have a pre-existing condition. But if they can't offer you a policy, they’ll let you know how to get more help or advice.

  • We can’t provide advice or tell you what to do, but we want to make sure you get the help you need.

    To get advice about life insurance, contact Cavendish Online. They can help find cover that’s right for you and your loved ones.

    Cavendish Online won't charge you for their advice, and you're under no obligation when you speak to them.

    Call Cavendish Online on:

    0800 131 0014

    Lines are open Monday to Thursday 9am - 7pm, Friday 9am - 6pm.

    Cavendish Online is a part of Lloyds Banking Group. They will provide you with advice on Scottish Widows protection products.




  • We want to make sure it’s as easy as possible to make a claim. Your policy documents will explain how. To start a claim, just go to our existing customers page

  • The policy will only pay out when a claim is made. So for life insurance, it only pays out if you die while you're covered. For critical illness cover, it only pays out if you are diagnosed with an illness covered by your policy.

  • No. Your policy only pays out if a claim needs to be made. If your policy ends without a claim, then your cover will end and you won’t get money back.

    Make sure you pay each month on time, or your cover will stop and you’ll get nothing back.

  • The cash lump sum your policy pays out is free from income and capital gains tax. It might be liable for inheritance tax (IHT). You can set up your policy to avoid IHT by writing it in trust. A solicitor can help you to do this.

Get protected by experts

Scottish Widows provide our life insurance policies. They're a part of Lloyds Banking Group, like us. Scottish Widows are experts, and they've been protecting what matters most for over 200 years.

Here are a few reasons why they could be the right choice to protect you and your loved ones:

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98% of claims paid out

Scottish Widows paid out 98% of claims in 2023. That’s £243 million in total.

Support when you need it

Scottish Widows works closely with partners like Macmillan Cancer support.

Over 200 years of experience

Scottish Widows has been protecting customers for over 200 years. So, you’re in safe hands.

Scottish Widows life insurance products have no cash-in value at any time. So if the policy ends without a claim, you won't get any money back. If you don't make payments on time, your cover will stop, your policy will end and you'll get nothing back.