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Work Pensions & Retirement

Work Pensions & Retirement

PLANNING YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME

More than half of people in the UK either aren’t saving at all for their retirement or they aren’t saving nearly enough to give them the standard of living they hope for when they retire. Could you afford to live on only your State Pension. The last thing your retirement …

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TYPES OF PENSION

There are three main types of pensions, namely State Pension, Personal Pensions and Workplace Pensions. Under Government legislation you may be automatically enrolled in a workplace pension but even if you are you can opt out and make your own pension arrangements or supplement the workplace pension with one or …

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STATE PENSION

The State Pension gives you a regular income for the rest of your life. You can claim it when you reach State Pension age. However, you need to have paid enough National Insurance contributions in order to be paid the full State Pension.

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ADDITIONAL STATE PENSION (SECOND STATE PENSION)

The Additional State Pension is paid on top of the basic State Pension and is based on earnings. Known as State Second Pension (S2P) it was originally known as the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS).

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AUTOMATIC ENROLMENT

At present, many workers fail to take up valuable pension benefits because they do not make an application to join their employer’s scheme. In order to overcome this and encourage workers to save money for retirement the Government has introduced legislation where every employer must automatically enrol workers into a …

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NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SAVINGS TRUST (NEST)

NEST is a workplace pension scheme that has been designed for automatic enrolment. It is available to employers of any size and to self employed people. It is an easy to use online pension scheme that puts savers in control. You have a single pension pot that stays with you …

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THE PENSIONS ADVISORY SERVICE

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) provides independent, impartial information and guidance about pensions and retirement plans free of charge, to members of the public.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PENSION

Choosing the right pension scheme is an important financial decision and there are many things to consider. If you’re unsure as to which pension is right for you contact the Pensions Advisory Service or a financial adviser before making a decision. A financial or pensions adviser will also help you …

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REVIEWING YOUR PENSION

Having selected a pension plan(s) you should review its progress on a regular basis to make sure you’re on track to meet your retirement goals in terms of final income and tax-free lump sum. If there’s a shortfall in your savings, the earlier you spot it the easier it will …

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PREPARING FOR RETIREMENT

As retirement approaches there are some major decisions to make. These decisions will impact on the rest of your life and should be considered thoroughly. Retirement is about more than money and there are many other important things to consider, like how will you spend your time?

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