The Impact of Pension Reforms

With whispers of this being the biggest pension change yet and an abundance of statistics to match, are you aware of the impact that the pension reforms could have on your future? Four out of five people are unaware of how it will affect them – are you one of them?

With less than 150 days to go until the biggest pension changes:

– 78% aren’t aware what the reforms will mean for them
– 84% of adults approaching retirement don’t know the value of their pension
– 86% of people didn’t know that a pension can be passed on tax-free if you die before the age of 75

From 6 April 2015, adults aged from 55+ will be able to choose between either having guaranteed annuity or flexible access to their pension fund.

Whether it’s to go towards your dream holiday, contribute towards mortgage upkeeps or help with new home renovations, you’ll now be more in control of the payment withdrawal process. Unlike before, you won’t have to completely stop work and retire before you have access to your savings – the pension reforms means you’ll be able to take money out as of when you need it, ideal for early debt repayments or to help gradually reduce total working hours!

Not only that but say goodbye to the 55% pensions death tax too, if death occurs before the age of 75, pension savings will then be passed on their loved ones tax-free. Make sure your beneficiary nomination is updated!

With 25% of 50-65 year olds being unaware that the pension reform is taking place, Standard Life aims to cut down the technical terminology and to inform those exactly what this will mean for their future.

To find out more about the campaign, join in the conversation on reforms and pension changes with #ReadyWhenUAre

Sponsored by Standard Life




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21st May 2015
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This might put the cat amongst the pigeons.

I've had a thought.

Have we been the victim of flimflammery about the state pension since 1978?

Make your own decision, after reading my blog below:

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