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Deciding what to do with your pension savings is an important step we will all have to take. Following changes introduced in April 2015, you now have more choice and flexibility than ever before over how and when you can take money from your pension pot.
Whether you plan to retire fully, reduce your hours gradually or to carry on working for longer, you can tailor when and how you use your pension – and when you stop saving into it – to fit with your personal retirement aims.
Currently, the minimum age you can take any workplace or personal pension is 55. You can check with your scheme provider or insurance company to make sure the scheme you are enrolled in will allow this. This minimum retirement age is proposed to increase to 57 by 2028.
From 2028 onwards, the proposal then is for the minimum pension age to increase in line with the State Pension age. This means there will be a 10-year gap between when you can take your own pensions and any State Pension you are eligible for – so if the State Pension age is 57, personal pensions can be taken from the age of 47.
There’s a lot to consider when working out which option or combination will provide you and any beneficiaries with a reliable and tax-efficient income throughout your retirement.
Before you seek pensions advice, download our free Guide to Retirement Options. In it we explain in plain English:
Whilst we hope you will find our Guide to Pensions & Retirement useful, we appreciate that every care case is different and we would be happy to discuss your circumstances individually. If you need advice on the pension lifetime limit, advice on pensions and pension transfers, pension drawdown, pension lump sum or other professional help with pensions and retirement please do contact us and speak with one of our experienced advisers.
We can also help with SIPP and SSAS advice, maximising your pension, producing a retirement savings plan and preparing for retirement.
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