Group Life Insurance

We’ll be there for loved ones if the worst happens

What’s Group Life insurance?

With Group Life, we financially support those left behind if your employee dies in service. This can include cover for their spouse or partner.

We understand that loss affects people in different ways. That’s why Group Life comes with bereavement support so the family left behind has someone to talk to. And we'll be there for you and your employees too.

What are the benefits?

Our Group Life cover gives something extra to you, your employees and their families.

For you

  • Manage your finances

    Under current UK tax laws, your premiums normally qualify as an allowable business expense.

  • Offer staff something different

    Stand out from competitors by including an employee benefits package with life insurance.

  • Help them provide for their families

    Give your employees a helping hand in leaving money behind for their families.

  • Access to a Master Trust policy

    No need to set up a standalone trust for your policy – we'll do it for you at no extra cost.

For your employees

  • On-going emotional support

    We’ll give the family access to bereavement counselling – as well as members of your team.

  • Financial support for the family

    We’ll pay a lump sum benefit if an employee dies in service. And they can use the money as they wish.

  • No inheritance tax

    Our lump sum payment does not usually form part of a member’s estate.

  • No need to pay additional tax

    As the premium isn’t classed as a ‘benefit in kind’, they won’t need to pay additional taxes on the benefit they receive.

Why choose Aviva’s Group Life insurance?

We’re always here to support you and your employees should you need it.

Dedicated bereavement counsellors

Those affected by the loss can speak to our bereavement counsellors - including family members and colleagues.

Our cover’s flexible

You can change your level of cover to suit your employees’ needs.

£213m in successful claims

In 2017, we paid over £213m in Group Life claims for UK employees in service.

No lengthy wait times

From making a claim to us paying loved ones, we’ll sort things quickly and efficiently.

What’s included in our Group Life insurance policy?

When an employee dies, our Group life insurance will be there for loved ones. Our policies come with:

  • A free cover limit – We'll cover the majority of your employees without needing to see their medical information, up to a certain limit.
  • Once only underwriting – Employees requiring benefits above the free cover limit will only be medically underwritten once up to £5m
  • Dependant pension option– We’ll provide a pension for the deceased’s spouse/partner, dependants and/or children
  • Spouse and partner cover – Employees can protect their spouse or partner through a separate Group Life policy

Get more from Group Life insurance

Giving your employees additional cover and assistance with our Group Life insurance policy.

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Master Trust

We now offer Master Trust arrangements for both Registered and Excepted Group Life policies.

The Master Trust arrangements provide an affordable and simple process allowing employers to offer life insurance to their employees.

With Master Trust, we’re able to cover all insured members under either the Registered or Excepted Master Trust schemes.

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Bereavement helpline

Our team of trained bereavement counsellors offer support to those affected by the loss when they need it most. They can give practical advice on anything from coping with organising the funeral of a loved one, right down to probate. This helpline can be used by members of a Group Life Scheme or by any family relations of a deceased member.

The bereavement helpline is a non-contractual benefit and can be withdrawn by Aviva at any time, without notice.

How to apply

You can get a Group Life quote for your business from your intermediary. Or you can call us and we’ll be happy to help.

0800 145 5684

Our lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. For joint protection, calls are monitored and/or recorded.

Making a claim

It’s quick and easy to make a Group Life claim – and there’s usually no need to send us the original death certificate. Simply complete the online claims form.

For Simple Group Life and Master Trust policyholders, please send an email to

1. Complete member details

Tell us the member’s details, as well as the scheme name and policy number. We also need to know the date, location and cause of death.

2. Confirm the payee details

Let us know who the beneficiary is, as well as any dependant’s details if there’s a pension payable.

3. Review and submit to us

We’ll send a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of the claim. And we’ll be in touch if we need more information.

Need to speak to us?

We’re here to answer any of your questions about Group Life. Simply call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.

0800 145 5684

Our lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. For joint protection, calls are recorded and/or monitored.

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