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Friends Prov ditches standard exclusions on IP

Friends Provident has removed the HIV/Aids and war exclusions on its individual and executive income protection products.

The life office says it is the first UK life assurance firm to ditch all standard exclusions on income protection benefits throughout the range.

Friends Provident has also extended the period of linked incapacity during which any deferred period can be waived from 6 to 12 months to provide support for those trying to return to work.

In addition, more generous benefit limits for higher earners have been introduced, with the Individual income protection product now providing up to £3,000 a year more for those on an annual salary of £100,000.

The maximum monthly benefit available has been increased from £10,400 to £13,000.

Friends Provident protection manager Mark Jones says: “We are constantly evaluating our range to make sure it reflects the latest social, economic and medical circumstances and offers value for customers.”

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