21% ‘not leaving any inheritance’

One in five people approaching retirement does not plan to leave any inheritance behind, a report has found.

Many are already handing out cash gifts and loans to hard-pressed family members or are still trying to pay off their own loans and mortgage debt, according to Aviva’s Real Retirement report.

Meeting living costs and providing immediate financial support to family were seen as bigger priorities among the over-55s than building up an inheritance pot.

Some 21% of people aged between 55 and 64 said they do not expect to leave any inheritance behind at all, including property or money.

Clive Bolton, managing director of Aviva’s At Retirement business, said that in the tough economy younger family members are often reliant on their parents for financial support to buy a house or provide for their children.

He said that for some over-55s, the desire to leave an inheritance plays “second fiddle” to more urgent financial priorities.

More than one quarter (27%) of 55 to 64-year-olds were found to still have an outstanding mortgage, with £70,000 on average needing to be repaid.

The report also found that someone aged over 55 with non-mortgage debts typically owes one third (36%) more than they did two years ago, at £23,188 on average.

High living costs were blamed for much of the increase, with the over-55s typically spending around £168 more on food shopping and £63 on travel costs annually than they did a year ago.

However, the proportion of over-55s with non-mortgage debt has shrunk back from 12% in May 2012 to 9% in May 2013, indicating that debts are becoming increasingly concentrated among a smaller group of people.

More than 16,000 people aged over 55 have taken part in the quarterly reports for Aviva since they began in February 2010.

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Helen Butler
30th May 2013
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We have no plans to leave anything to our three children, through their young lives we worked hard and provided all that was necessary to turn them into fine upstanding citizens of whom we are immensely proud. They all have fantastic jobs, and earn salaries beyond our wildest dreams. We plan to travel as often as we can to visit them as they are all now Australian citizens. Hopefully if God spares us and we don't have to fund care homes, when we pass on if anything is left it will be shared equally between the three of them, however in the meantime what time remains for us , we intend to spend our money, and enjoy our retirement.

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