It is important to plan ahead for your retirement. In partnership with Edward Mellor Pensions, we can advise you on your best pension and financial options that are available to you. The information below is for guidance only and for advice on your specific circumstances, you will need to speak with one of our Pension Specialists.
Automatic Enrolment for Employees
Automatic enrolment into a workplace pension is an easy, hassle-free way for workers to save for their retirement while they are earning. Your employer must now offer a workplace pension scheme by law and your employer must automatically enroll you into a pension scheme and make contributions to your pension if you are eligible. Employees are able to opt out.
Automatic Enrolment for Employers
The government introduced a new law designed to help people save more for their retirement. It requires all employers to enrol eligible workers into a workplace pension scheme. Employees are able to opt out.
What is a Personal Pension?
A Personal Pension is for you if you are employed and not in a company pension scheme or can be an addition to a company pension. Personal pensions are available for self-employed or if you do not work if you are able to money aside for retirement.
How Personal Pensions work
The fundamental idea of a personal pension plan is simple. It is a personal contract between you and the pension provider and there are a number of personal pension plans available. The money you will receive at the age of retirement will usually depend on, how much money has been paid into the ‘pot’, how the funds’ investments have performed and if they increase or decrease over time, and how you decide to take your investment at retirement age. Regular or individual lump-sum payments to your pension provider can be made.
Pensions & Divorce
A pension is your second-largest asset, and pensions, as well as property, can become a major consideration in any divorce settlement. If you and your ex-partner agree on how to divide money and property you will need to apply for a consent order to make it legally binding.
The Value of Retirement Planning
It is important to plan for your retirement, but many of us are not planning well or early enough. For those approaching retirement, there are many ways to fund retirement which can be confusing when preparing for retirement.